Policies & Programs

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Whether it’s regulatory pressure or voluntary incentives, there are many external forces that affect green building practices. Here we collect info on everything from local codes to award programs to the internal policies of the federal government.

  • Stemming Illegal Logging with a New LEED Credit
    April 2, 2019

    News Brief

    Timber Traceability is one group’s answer to the controversial Legal Wood pilot path.

  • California Is Going Carbon Free
    October 8, 2018

    News Brief

    California has committed to 100% “carbon-free” electricity by 2045, illuminating the vision promoted by the Global Climate Action Summit.


  • Asbestos Rule Is Tip of Chemical Regulation Iceberg
    October 8, 2018

    News Analysis

    The updated Toxic Substances Control Act could be crippled by updated EPA review methods.

  • 2018 AIA COTE Top Ten Build Community
    April 19, 2018

    News Analysis

    The 2018 AIA COTE Top Ten winning projects combine small ecological footprints with big social benefits. 

  • Innovative Products and Technology from the Greenbuild Expo
    December 30, 2013

    Feature Article

    Our product editors pick some winners from the expo floor at Greenbuild 2013 while raising questions about some materials.

  • Energy Reporting: It's the Law
    July 30, 2012

    Feature Article

    As building owners comply with new laws to report energy use, the data may change the industry-and the act of reporting it already has.

  • Ten Strategies for Growth in a Recession
    July 1, 2011

    Feature Article

    The economic collapse hit small and mid-sized design firms hard, but many with a green focus have adapted. We asked them to share their stories.

  • Water Policies: Encouraging Conservation
    August 28, 2008

    Feature Article

    Conserving water goes beyond building design and technology. Water use is governed by federal, state, and local policies, from maximum flow requirements to pricing structures that encourage or discourage conservation.

  • Is Nano a No-No? Nanotechnology Advances into Buildings
    March 1, 2008

    Feature Article

    Nanotechnology takes advantage of the novel properties that particles can exhibit at a billionth of a meter in size. Those properties are being used in building materials, where they can improve thermal performance and the effectiveness of photovoltaics, among many possibilities. The field has little regulation, however, despite significant health and environmental concerns.

  • Climate Change Dominates Greenbuild Conference Agenda
    December 5, 2006

    Feature Article

    With several announcements at the 2006 Greenbuild conference in Denver, the U.S. Green Building Council signaled that it would use its LEED Rating System to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, by tightening LEED requirements and by increasing the number of buildings designed to LEED standards.