US General Services Administration Prodded to Keep USGBC’s Rating System

Over 1,200 businesses, building professionals, environmental organizations, unions, cities, and individuals asked the General Services Administration July 25 to continue supporting the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. The administration requires new federal buildings and substantial renovations to federal buildings to be LEED-certified, though only six percent of LEED-certified buildings are federal buildings. The fourth version of LEED is scheduled to be issued next year, and the administration is currently reviewing building rating systems as required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.