16 May '13, 12pm

Feds practically invented holistic green building. Can its champions fend off the political backlash?

The U.S. government started building green long before the private sector caught on. Saving money by saving energy was always important, but federal agencies took a much broader approach as far back as the mid-1990s: the Navy's first green-building policy also emphasized low-impact materials and indoor environmental quality. Today, federal law—in the form of the Guiding Principles for sustainable design, construction, and operations—gives features such as integrated design and water-quality protections equal status with energy performance. ----- Advertising ----- The current Congress is now backtracking. Lawmakers placed strict limits on LEED Gold and Platinum certification for military projects in December 2011, pending a cost-benefit report on LEED as well as ASHRAE's energy and building standards. The underlying assumption: if holistic building programs can't consistent...

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