Proposed LEED ban could hurt steel interests

May 28, 2013 | 11:46 AM | Samuel Frizell

Tags  US Green Building Council, LEED, steelmakers, American Chemistry Council, Nucor Corp., Gerdau, AISI, SDI Samuel Frizell

NEW YORK — A proposed ban on the use of certain "green building" guidelines that could become part of an energy bill heading to the Senate would be damaging to U.S. steelmakers, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The suggested amendment, which would effectively prohibit the use of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings in federal projects, is expected to be officially proposed once S.761 reaches the Senate floor, a spokesman for USGBC told AMM.

According to the USGBC, the drafted amendment would not block LEED outright, but it would mandate that such "green building" rating systems used by the government be certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). LEED is not ANSI-certified. ....

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