News Analysis

Attacks on LEED Continue in House Spending Bill

Some lawmakers want government agencies to justify green building and change how they use certifications like LEED and Green Globes.

In what appears to be the most recent in a string of attempts to restrict the federal government’s use of LEED, the House Committee on Appropriations has asked the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to change its approach to green building, including its use of green building rating systems (see Two New Laws Restrict Use of LEED).

“Encourage competition”

Language included in the House version of the 2015 spending bill (H.R. 5016) accuses GSA of “tailoring” its policies to “reflect the standards of a specific third-party certification system rather than the public interest” and recommends that GSA “encourage competition” by telling other agencies they should choose certification targets on a project-by-project basis.

Published August 27, 2014