24 May '16, 10pm

U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED Pilot Credit: Building Material Human Hazard and Exposure Assessment

New credit continues push for better understanding and decision making around building materials & products Washington, D.C.—(May 24, 2016)—Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new LEED pilot credit—Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment, which encourages project teams and manufacturers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products during their installation and use phases. “LEED v4, the latest version of the LEED green building system, has begun a shift in how we think about health and building materials,” said Scot Horst , chief product officer, USGBC. “We have a focus on transparency and optimization so specifiers can know what they are using and can reward innovation. But understanding how a material impacts human health requires a full understanding of hazard and exposure. The new pilot credit is a first step toward ...

Full article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-a...

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  1. 25 May '16, 6pm

    This credit has serious problems and in fact is part of a series of interventions by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) which are proving detrimental to LEED's leadership in improving health in building products. I've crtiqued this new credit here:
    https://www.pharosproject.net/blog/show/220/acc-pits-risk-vs-rtk-in-new-leed-credit
    and traced the history of the ACC’s progress at neutralizing the LEED Material Health credit here:
    http://healthybuilding.net/news/2016/05/25/risk-undermining-the-leed-material-credit

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