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Public comments wanted for sustainable building certification program

The U.S. General Services Administration is seeking public comments as it prepares to recommend a sustainable building certification program to be used for new federal buildings and extensive renovations of existing buildings.

The 60-day public comment period began Tuesday, according to a news release. The GSA reviews the federal government’s sustainable building standards every five years. The United States Green Building Council’s LEED 2009 is the current standard, with the second-highest level, LEED Gold, as the target performance level.

The GSA’s options for its next recommendation are LEED 2009, the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes program and the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge. The GSA can recommend the federal government use one program, a combination or none of the three options, according to the release.

Written comments can be mailed to General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), Attn: Hada Flowers, 1275 First St. NE, 7th floor, Washington, D.C. 20417. Comments can be faxed to 202-501-4067, emailed to Bryan Steverson at [email protected] or submitted online at through the Federal eRulemaking portal. All comments should include the reference ID “Notice-MG-2012-04.”

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— Beth Kevit

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