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New law bars LEED energy certifications for DoD building projects

Post Time:Jan 06,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:235

 

The Defense Department is barred from using any money to certify its buildings LEED Gold or Platinum, under a law President Obama signed Dec. 31.

 

Those ratings are the two highest from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program — which the Defense Department and other agencies use to measure energy efficiency and compliance with environmental mandates.

 

The National Defense Authorization Act also requires DoD to submit a report to Congress analyzing the cost-effectiveness of LEED certifications and the standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

 

The law allows the Defense secretary to proceed with LEED certification if a project is cost effective and DoD proves it can make back the project cost in energy savings.

 

The federal government has 641 LEED-certified buildings and 3,954 in the certification process, according to the Green Building Council. Government buildings make up 27 percent of all LEED projects.

 

Federal agencies are working to meet a 2009 executive order to make 15 percent of their buildings "green" by the end of fiscal 2015. To be considered green, a newly constructed building must use 30 percent less energy than a typical building of the same size. Renovated buildings must use 20 percent less energy. Also, they must meet specific standards for water efficiency, recycling, indoor air quality and low-emission paints and sealants, among other things.

 

Source: http://www.usgnn.comAuthor: shangyi

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