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Taking Credit! Update on LEED® v.4 Pilot Credit Influencing Material Selection

Specifying products and meeting LEED® v.4 Materials and Resources credits includes an exciting opportunity for designers and architects to sign up to use a pilot credit that reflects hard work on the part of manufacturers developing interior products as sustainable solutions. The pilot credit is entitled Certified Multi-Attribute Products and Materials.

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There are many questions in the “land of green codes,” and being close to the development of sustainable guidelines, standards and codes, it occurred to me that a “primer” outline may be of assistance for those that are trying to understand the different organizations and related documents in relationship to green building. 

Sustainability & Resilience

Arriving at Greenbuild in New Orleans late on October 21, 2014, as I’m checking into the Hilton Hotel, an irate woman approaches the main registration desk.

The Center is licensed for 90 participants, some of who, upon arriving from their existing center, shed a few joyful tears at seeing the completed project.

The reason architects must be licensed to practice is that they are granted a ‘monopoly’ by the state to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare when it comes to the design, construction and maintenance of the built environment.

The Green Building Initiative recently launched Green Globes® – Sustainable Interiors at the NeoCon Conference in Chicago, June 8 – 11, 2014. 

In previous discussions about building products we touched on the concept of “find it, choose it and use it.”

It is creating a buzz in the design community!  GSA has made its announcement that Green Globes is being added to the list of acceptable Green Building Rating systems for federal projects.

The Armed Forces Retirement Home located in Gulfport, Miss. was built to replace the facility that was destroyed during Katrina and now provides a home for approximately 500 residents; all retired military. 

In using green building rating systems, whether it is LEED® v.4 or the newly updated Green Globes for New Construction, it is important to understand that products themselves are not rated by these systems.

The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes rating system has recently made the news in a couple of different ways.

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