Sustainable Federal Buildings: What’s the Law?
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Author name: Paula Melton Blog Category: BuildingGreen's Top Stories A definitive guide to how the federal government builds green—and why its leadership matters. This post is the second in a series on the federal government’s use of green building certifications. Coming soon: The Hidden Beltway Lobbyists Who Shape Green Building Policy. The U.S. Treasury Building, completed in 1869, is the oldest building to achieve the Gold level of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. Federal green building policies have a strong emphasis on the measured performance of existing buildings. Photo Credit: Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-07312 . Anyone who has ever filed an income tax return knows how extravagantly fussy the U.S. federal government can seem. Your yearly struggles over tax deductions pale in comparison, though, with the workaday world of a federal civil servant. Take green building requirements: there are a lot of them. Even if you’re not a government employee, you need to have a passing understanding of these requirements. That’s because the future of LEED in the federal government is at a turning point, and forthcoming decisions could affect the future of LEED in the private sector —where many corporations are already trying to find ways to build green without seeking a plaque . Do you know your EISA from a hole in the ground? If not, you’ve come to the right place! read more