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Green Label for Contractors Covers Central Offices and Jobsite Practices

August 30, 2010

Associated Builders and Contractors, a national organization representing 25,000 construction firms, has rolled out a green certification for its members. To earn the certification (which has one tier), companies must meet several prerequisites that cover office practices like recycling, green cleaning, purchasing Energy Star-qualified equipment, and writing a sustainability statement. They must also meet 12 out of 36 optional items—these include energy audits, bike racks, insulating water pipes, and carbon-neutral status for central offices. Although the prerequisites don’t touch the jobsite, there are several electives that do, including waste and energy requirements for jobsite offices, construction waste management, and reuse of building materials. Finally, companies can earn points by showing that staff have completed a variety of forms of sustainability awareness training. Each requirement must be documented, and a certification fee of $495 is good for three years. More information is available at www.greenconstructionatwork.com.

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