AHPBC’s Statement In Response To GSA Recommendation On Federal Government’s Use Of Third Party Green Building Certification Systems

WASHINGTON, DC (October 25, 2013) – The American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) recommendation of Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes 2010 and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 as the third party certification systems that the federal government can use to meet federal green building requirements.

“The AHPBC applauds GSA’s decision to recommend for the first time to DOE that the federal government use more than one green building rating system. This increased competition will help the U.S. government improve the efficiency of its buildings, reduce the federal government’s overall energy use and save taxpayer funds.

“Today’s announcement by GSA is a step in the right direction, however much more must be done to ensure that all green building codes, standards, ratings systems and credits used by the federal government are grounded in sound science and developed through true voluntary consensus processes.”