Lawmakers ask GSA to abandon LEED rating system
A group of lawmakers is asking the GSA to quit LEED.
House lawmakers said in a May 18 letter to the General Services Administration's acting administrator Dan Tangherlini that the agency should stop using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system to grade how green its buildings are, Federal Times reported.
The 56 lawmakers, from both parties, said the program, run by the U.S. Green Building Council, is adopting standards that unfairly hurt certain manufacturers of building materials.
"We are deeply concerned that the LEED rating system is becoming a tool to punish chemical companies and plastics makers and spread misinformation about materials that have been at the forefront of improving environmental performance — and even occupancy safety — and in buildings," the lawmakers wrote.
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