Last week I was talking about the upcoming EPA regulations on formaldehyde and noted that we need to "let the government know what is practical."
Well, here is another opportunity. The U.S. government is now reviewing its policy on having LEED be the only recognized green building program for federal construction. I think it would be great if they were to open up the system to other programs.
The the full posting of the announcement is here and many more details on the process and the systems under review can be found here. To save you time hunting for the contact info, comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:
- Visit www.regulations.gov and search for "Notice-MG-2012-04"
- Fax your comments to (202) 501-4067
- Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail them to: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), Attn: Hada Flowers, 1275 First St. N.E., 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20417
- More than 200 states, cities and federal agencies now require LEED certification for new public buildings
- About 26% of LEED-certified buildings are government-owned.
- Roughly 170 cities give LEED builders tax breaks, grants, expedited permitting or waivers allowing them to construct larger buildings than local law allows.
- Roughly 2,000 developments, buildings and homes have received $500 million in tax breaks nationwide.