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D.C. Council Passes Green Building Rules

The new stadium for baseball's Washington Nationals is being built according to the council's standards and is expected to be the nation's first certified stadium, she said.

Critics of the D.C. legislation say the council should have allowed developers to choose between using LEED or an alternative system, known as Green Globes and developed by the Green Building Initiative. But Graham said Green Globes is too permissive.

William Hall, a Washington lawyer who represents building product manufacturers, said it was wrong to give LEED a monopoly on environmental standards. He cited an analysis by D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi, who concluded that the LEED certification process costs $30,000 per project, while the Green Building Initiative's process costs only $5,000.

Six states, as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recognize Green Globes, which was introduced in the U.S. only last year, as an acceptable alternative to LEED for their own construction, according to the Green Building Initiative.

Alice Sterling, Pasadena's green building coordinator, said reaction to the city's LEED requirements has been positive. She said she is not aware of any project cancelations because of the rules.

"I've had some architects actually express delight because they're able to use their design skills to design sustainable and green buildings," she said.


On the Net:

U.S. Green Building Council: https:// http://www.usgbc.org/

Green Building Initiative: http://www.thegbi.com

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