GREENBUILD – Bigger and Bolder!

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently held their annual Greenbuild convention in Philadelphia, PA. Over 1,000 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees filled the enormous convention center with energy – an energy focused on reducing energy usage!

The building industry alone is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Greenbuild, along with USGBC and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings work to reduce the impacts that buildings have on the environment. However, they go beyond just addressing energy consumption. Sustainable building practices also address community and occupants’ health and well-being.

The USGBC launched the long-awaited and much anticipated new LEED v4 at Greenbuild. The most notable changes include greater focus towards transparency around products affecting human health. In LEED v4, building material transparency, healthy indoor air quality and occupants’ exterior views of natural environments, are valued and can help gain points within the rating system. This transparency is achieved through new product labels such as Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs). These declarations help consumers understand the full health and environmental impacts of products

By working together we can achieve transformational change. Increased collaboration between manufacturers, supply chains, builders and architects fosters transparency and helps reduce the negative impacts buildings have on the environment, occupants and communities and helps to improve them!

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