New LEED Credit Encourages Responsible Sourcing

04/06/2016 |

Pilot compliance path designed to discourage illegal logging

Timber

The USGBC has released a new Alternate Compliance Path (ACP) for LEED designed to encourage building professionals to use wood materials that are verified to be legal. The ACP is applicable to both the LEED 2009 and LEED v4 programs and will use existing systems and infrastructure to ensure responsible wood sourcing and improve the evaluation process for material specifying.

“Today it is possible to achieve the LEED wood credit and still have illegal wood in a LEED certified project,” says Scot Horst, Chief Product Officer for the USGBC. “This is because LEED projects receive credit for a percentage of the wood on the project rather than all the wood used. LEED is a global standard with a vision of market transformation. Addressing the illegal wood issue in LEED projects, especially in projects outside of the U.S., comes at a critical time both for the global issue of illegal logging and unfair forestry practices and also for LEED and its growing influence.”

The new compliance path will help building professionals make smarter decisions by rewarding facilities that proactively select responsibly sourced wood products. While the ACP initially focuses only on wood, the USGBC plans to use it as a model for other material requirements in future versions of LEED.

Connectrac® wireways are the new standard for bringing power & communications cable management to all interior applications. Free yourself from core drilling!

Surpass State Energy Requirements with Dual-Cooling Data Center CRAC Technology

See how professionals like you are taking advantage of the highest performing precision cooling system for their computer rooms and data centers, and why Data Aire is fast-becoming the number one choice for facility managers and building owners looking to decrease their energy consumption. 

Data Aire understands how digital technology and data gravity is rapidly impacting and transforming businesses. That’s why they developed ultra-efficient cooling technology to support the most modern (and not-so-modern) data centers.  Learn how One Wilshire in Los Angeles, one of the most advanced carrier hotels today, is surpassing California's strict energy efficiency requirements with Data Aire’s purpose-built system, which provide full-economization for 260 days – almost 72% of the year. That’s a measurable savings! Furthermore, the projected PUE on an annual basis for a full load is at or below 1.2.

Connectrac® wireways are the new standard for bringing power & communications cable management to all interior applications. Free yourself from core drilling!

Surpass State Energy Requirements with Dual-Cooling Data Center CRAC Technology

See how professionals like you are taking advantage of the highest performing precision cooling system for their computer rooms and data centers, and why Data Aire is fast-becoming the number one choice for facility managers and building owners looking to decrease their energy consumption. 

Data Aire understands how digital technology and data gravity is rapidly impacting and transforming businesses. That’s why they developed ultra-efficient cooling technology to support the most modern (and not-so-modern) data centers.  Learn how One Wilshire in Los Angeles, one of the most advanced carrier hotels today, is surpassing California's strict energy efficiency requirements with Data Aire’s purpose-built system, which provide full-economization for 260 days – almost 72% of the year. That’s a measurable savings! Furthermore, the projected PUE on an annual basis for a full load is at or below 1.2.


Related Coverage