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Concrete Industry Issues Environmental Product Declarations

The North American Precast Concrete industry has released Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in three key precast concrete product categories: architectural and insulated wall panels, structural precast concrete products and underground precast concrete products. The EPDs will allow architects, engineers, building owners and other specifiers to better understand the environmental impacts … Read more »


Program Helps Building Products Achieve LEED Specification

Ron Blank & Associates has launched a program to help building product manufacturers get their products specified. In November 2013 the US Green Building Council released its latest green building rating system, LEED v4. Ron Blank, president of Ron Blank & Associates, says building product manufacturers have had a difficult … Read more »

LEED v4 Spec Program Launched for Building Product Manufacturers

GreenCE, Inc., provider of sustainable continuing education for design professionals, has launched a comprehensive LEED v4 specification program for building product manufacturers. The program was designed to educate building product manufacturers about the new green building rating system and features video modules, animation, and case-studies. Recently, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) released its new … Read more »

Aluminum Environmental Product Declarations Released

The Aluminum Association has released environmental product declarations for various types of aluminum products. The EPDs provide detailed information on major aspects of a product’s potential environmental impact such as global warming, acidification and eutrophication. The declarations will educate end users of aluminum — from builders to transportation firms to … Read more »


USGBC Announces LEED 2009 Extension

The US Green Building Council says it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016 — an extension of almost a year and a half. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 15, 2015. The USGBC says extending … Read more »

LEED Exam prep

Free LEED Exam Prep Course

GreenCE has launched what it says is the industry’s first free LEED Exam Prep program to educate design professionals about green building principles and the LEED rating system. The LEED Exam Prep course features video, animation, music, and case studies. The US Green Building Council last November released its LEED … Read more »


GSA Reviews LEED v4

The US General Services Administration has released a review of LEED v4, the first step to determine if the latest version of the green building system can help government agencies meet green building requirements. GSA says it will make a final recommendation on LEED v4 after receiving input from stakeholders … Read more »

Superior Essex Products Offer Industry-First HPDs

Superior Essex says it is the first company in the telecommunications cable manufacturing industry to offer Health Product Declarations (HPDs), which can be used to obtain a point in the LEED certification process for building projects. The HPDs, when combined with the previously announced Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), make it … Read more »


NSF to Pilot ANSI EPD Accreditation Program

NSF Sustainability, a division of NSF International, has been accepted by the American National Standards Institute as one of the first organizations to participate in a pilot program for Type III environmental product declarations (EPDs) to meet a growing demand for standardization in the environmental certification industry. NSF provides third-party … Read more »

USGBC Launches Real-Time Green Building Tool

The US Green Building Council has launched an online tool that provides real-time green building data for each state in the US and Washington, DC. The state market briefs highlight LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state. The USGBC says the online tool shows the benefits of … Read more »

Performance Specifying Can Help Earn LEED v4 Points

Performance specifying provides a valuable approach to earning LEED v4 points for innovation, according to Michael Heinsdorf, an engineering specification writer at ARCOMMasterSpec, writing for Consulting – Specifying Engineer. Performance specifying involves indicating specific performance requirements of a product, system or assembly, and choosing the desired level of measurable performance – … Read more »

Greengrade Supports LEED v4

Greengrade, Textura’s LEED management software, now supports projects that are seeking LEED certification under LEED v4, the newest version of the green building program to be released by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC says this version of its green building program ramps up global adoption of sustainable building … Read more »

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