LEED faces Challenge from Industry Group American High-Performance Buildings Coalition

the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Manufacturers along with 27 other organizations are seeking to to promote green building ratings systems as an alternative to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. Calling themselves the “The American High-Performance Buildings Coalition,” they have […]

USDA Proposes Rule to Help Rural Homeowners Make Energy Improvements to their Homes

On July 17, 2012, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced a proposed rule designed to help Rural homeowners and businesses make affordable energy improvements to their homes and buildings. The proposed rule is expected to help rural Americans reduce their energy costs while simultaneously expanding business and investment opportunities in Rural Communities. The Rule would allow […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Claims LEED Government Projects

State and local governments have enacted a variety of incentives to encourage energy efficient “green” design and construction practices. Projects owned or leased by government authorities are often subject to mandatory green requirements. Private development is often encouraged to go “green” through contractual or tax-related incentives. Promoters of green building features often tout the cost […]