Chemical industry and ACC attack LEED green building ratings

A coalition of toxic chemical users and manufacturers launched their new "American High-Performance Buildings Coalition" to challenge the internationally renowned and respected voluntary LEED green building rating system that credits buildings with high energy efficiency and environmental sustainability design.

What don't the toxic chemical companies like about the proposed improvements to LEED? The new proposed LEED Version 4 standard will give credits for building teams that use materials that do not cause cancer, birth defects, and other health or environmental impairments.

Construction and interior finishing with non-toxic or less-toxic materials is good business and will create jobs and support businesses that supply safer materials and products. Architects and engineers like it, and so do builders, contractors, and building product manufacturers.

But, the American Chemistry Council, the trade organization that represents the corporations that make yesteryear's old dinosaur war-era toxic chemicals are so offended by the idea of including human health into a green building standard that they've decided to push the government to reject LEED for government buildings.

The chemical industry coalition includes the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Adhesives and Sealants Council and the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing.

Shame on ACC, its members, and the coalition! They need to catch up with the 21st century, or make way for the innovative new businesses that are supplying safer, healthier building materials.

About the Authors

Jennifer Sass

Senior Scientist, Federal Toxics, Health and Food, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program

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