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by Jodi Summers

To LEED or not to LEED, that is the question. The government wants your green opinion > through April 6th. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is seeking public comments on a long-awaited recommendation regarding green building rating systems. Go to and share your opinion.

In 2006, GSA first evaluated certification systems focusing on new construction and major renovation.  Based on this 2006 review, GSA identified the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system for use in the Federal sector.

Now the GSA is considering polytheistic practices encouraging each federal agency to make its own decisions about whether to use LEED, Green Globes, or the Living Building Challenge.

They are also looking for input into which optional credits or points must be achieved in a rating system, and whether one rating system should be used across their entire building portfolio, and should work with rating system developers to improve alignment between certifications and federal green building needs.

The comment period will be open through April 8, 2013. For more information, visit


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  1. The case for LEED-certified buildings continues to be proven, from schools in Kentucky to construction in Wisconsin, to manufacturing across the country. There is no doubt that our Congressional leaders like to hear positive stories like these, and USGBC intends to keep telling them. We won’t let decision makers lose sight of the new industry that has developed around LEED-certified buildings.

  2. LEED focused on new construction when it began, Watson added, because that was easier. But the focus now is shifting toward infill development, which is inherently a more economical, eco-friendly approach. “LEED is getting more location-efficient,” he said. “And that means a very large decrease in commuter miles.” The rating system has already whittled away roughly 6 billion U.S. commuter miles since its inception, and Watson projects it will have helped workers travel 70 billion fewer miles by 2030.

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