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The US Green Building Council has announced that the viagra online sales planned revision of the LEED green building system which was due later this year has now been delayed until at least the middle of viagra in the uk next year. What was supposed to be called LEED 2012 is being renamed LEEDv4 (the current version, LEED 2009, was version 3).

LEED is a developing system, not a fixed standard. Previous transformations have revised and canada viagra online reoriented the rating system, and this has helped to advance the cause of green building.  The intent of the USGBC has been to continue to it's cool levitra online us push the construction industry to make buildings better. However the present perception is that the new LEED pushes too much, too fast. In his letter announcing the generic cialis from china change, USGBC President and CEO S. Richard Fedrizzi wrote, "We intend to do everything we can to ensure that the market is ready for LEED v4 because it represents progress on both carbon reduction and human health improvements."

LEED is getting criticism from many different directions. It has been assailed by Congress, which has specifically prohibited the Department of Defense from expending any funds to achieve LEED gold or platinum certification. Arguments over standards for the only now canadian online pharmacy cialis certification of wood have been particularly contentious. And just this week, congressional hearings on green building science are being held.

Previously on Ecogeek: New LEED for Greener Buildings; New LEED Certification Will Require Energy Reporting


Pentagon Isn't Abandoning LEED After All

Last week, we joined in with the speculation that the issuance of an internal building code for the Armed Services based on ASHRAE 189.1 would be further sign that the Pentagon was moving away from using LEED. However, the Pentagon's Media Relations Division has offered clarification to Building Green, saying that the Army is not abandoning LEED. Congress has already moved to explicitly limit funding for LEED Gold or Platinum certification, although how that limit has been interpreted is interesting.

The Congressional Prohibition on Use of Funds for LEED Gold or Platinum Certification states that "No funds authorized to when will viagra be available as a generic be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2012 may be obligated or expended for achieving any LEED gold or platinum certification."

The approach the military is taking with respect to the Congressional requirement is based on avoiding added cost, which is what the specific language in the wow look it levitra free pills legislation speaks about. As Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of viagra purchase the Army for installations, energy, and the environment, told Building Green, "The challenge right now is one of education," she explained. "If a building got a Gold-level certification and we were striving for Silver, that does not mean there was an incremental cost. We're working to help prepare a report for Congress so they understand the benefit of high-performance buildings."

Furthermore, there are communities and local governments where incentives, such as reduced building permit fees or rebates, are available for projects that use LEED. Also, LEED certification fees are waived if project receives Platinum LEED Certification. In the long run, better performing buildings will be less expensive to operate and maintain. In fact, just a week ago, the Navy opened its first LEED Platinum facility at the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) Phoenix at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. Whether the Pentagon uses LEED or ASHRAE 189.1 or its own code, it is clear from numerous programs undertaken by all branches of the military that they understand the value of building good buildings.

Previously on EcoGeek: US Army Abandoning LEED Certification

image: U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward/Released

via: Building Green


US Army Abandoning LEED Certification

While the headline may sound dire, it's not an indication that the US Army is giving up on green building. Instead, the Army has announced it will use a new construction code of its own which is based on the ASHRAE 189.1 standard for new buildings and renovations, rather than continue to use LEED or the High Perfromance Sustainable Buildings standards. This new standard will "govern all new construction, major renovations and look here buy viagra in canada leased space acquisition." The Army had already adopted ASHRAE 189.1 late in 2010.

Some of the impetus for this change is political. In 2011, Congress acted to prevent any Department of Defense project from achieving LEED gold or platinum certification as part of the best site express viagra delivery that year's Defense Reauthorization bill.

Moreover, LEED is fundamentally a marketing program that recognizes buildings built to a particular high standard of performance. At its core, the Army is more concerned about having better buildings that it can operate more efficiently. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Dr. Dorothy Robyn stated that, "With more than 300,000 buildings and 2.2 billion square feet of building space, DoD has a footprint three times that of Wal-Mart and six times that of GSA. Our corresponding energy bill is $4 billion annually." The Defense Department recognizes the importance of green buildings for its overall operational effectiveness.

The armed forces have been one of the biggest early adopters of LEED, and if all of very good site canada pharmacy the services are going to move away from using LEED as their standard for improved performance, that is likely to have a strong effect on USGBC, GBCI, and the LEED program as a whole. "The repercussions of this announcement will be widespread," notes Green Building Law Update. "For federal contractors, this is a game changer. The LEED AP credential will be less valuable. Past performance highlighting LEED certification will be less valuable, if not totally irrelevant."

ASHRAE 189.1 is not some lesser standard. It was develeoped by ASHRAE (the professional organization of mechanical engineers), US Green Building Council, and IESNA (the professional organization of lighting engineers), as well as the International Code Council. Moreover, the Army's action is not unprecedented. The International Code Council has also developed the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) which incorporates the ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 as a "jurisdictional compliance option." Increasingly, building codes are going to directly incorporate green measures instead of discount cialis generic relying on third-party standards that are merely optional.

Ultimately, this may push LEED in new directions. LEED was meant to push the envelope and to transform the marketplace. In that respect, it has accomplished much of that initial goal. As the industry has moved to embrace LEED, perhaps in the coming years, LEED will again push for even greater improvements in building technology and again make LEED an indication of a truly elite building.

via: Green Building Law Update


New Uses for Wood in Construction

Wood is a versatile construction material. It has been used for thousands of years. It has low embodied energy compared to many other building materials, and it serves to sequester carbon. But, compared with steel, it is relatively weak, and that, combined with its inherent combustability, has meant that wood is not used for structures more than a few stories tall. Now, a new development in wood construction called cross-laminated timber (CLT) is making new possibilities available in wood construction.

Cross-laminated timber panels are like massive plywood boards. Instead of shaving a log into a veneer and then gluing it together to make a board a few eighths of an inch thick, a CLT panel is made from pieces of sawn wood and is several inches thick. Like plywood, alternating layers are laid perpendicular to one another, so that the finished panel is stronger and more dimensionally stable than plain wood would be.

Because the panels are many inches thick, there is an inherent fire resistance to viagra available in india the material, which, in the event of a fire, will char on the outside but will not burn through quickly. Construction with CLT is also faster and buy cialis china requires fewer workers and lighter equipment, which can make construction more affordable.

The Stadhaus is a 9-story residential building in London which was built using CLT and is the buy cialis daily online tallest modern building constructed with wood. At present, CLT is primarily a European development, but fabrication plants are under construction in the US, and CLT panels should start to be available within a couple of years.

image: Wood in Design

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San Francisco Making Buildings Bird-Safe

As much as is made of wind turbines being a threat to birds, they don't even come close to the biggest manmade killer of birds:  buildings.  Highly reflective window glass claims as many as one billion birds a year in North America, while city lights at night can cause migratory birds to become disoriented, often leading to their death.

San Francisco officials are hoping to help protect the 400 different species of look here cialis best buy birds that inhabit their city by introducing a new law called Standards for Bird-Safe Buildings.

The standards are mainly voluntary, but new buildings, additions and retrofits, buildings near urban bird refuges, as well as structures like freestanding clear glass walls, skywalks, rooftop greenhouses and enclosed balconies do have to buy viagra low price comply with some mandatory rules.

To make these buildings and structures bird-safe, owners can place netting in front of windows or place ceramic lines or dots on glass to cut down on levitra next day their reflectivity, while preserving the ability to see out.  To keep from confusing migrating birds at night, buildings will also have to observe lights-out ordinances during the migratory season.

via NY Times

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