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LEED 2012: USGBC should withdraw its European-based material avoidance credit

Bill Hall

By Bill Hall, Venable LLP and outside Counsel to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute

As goes LEED, so goes green building certifications. While competing systems such as Green Globes are gaining ground, LEED remains the predominant U.S. green building certification system. In addition to widespread market adoption, LEED has been incorporated into the laws or regulations of 34 states and 442 local governments and is used by 14 federal agencies. Thus, the ongoing effort by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to overhaul LEED continues to have a significant impact on the building materials used in green buildings.  Continue reading LEED 2012: USGBC should withdraw its European-based material avoidance credit

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RFCI sets agenda for 2012

by Steven Feldman

Bill Hall

Pebble Beach, Calif.–The Resilient Floorcovering Association (RFCI) converged on one of the most beautiful spots in the countryhere last fall to update members—both resilient manufacturers and their raw materials suppliers–on the key issues impacting the industry as well as the plethora of initiatives in which the group is currently engaged.

First and foremost is combatting a number of misperceptions about resilient flooring and its environmental impact. As well, it is in a constant battle with some groups as to issues such as de-selection and product avoidance. Continue reading RFCI sets agenda for 2012