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LEED rules attacked by SFI as 'artificial'
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SFI Inc., the nonprofit organization that oversees the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program, has issued a statement criticizing the third and latest draft of LEED 2012 for only issuing LEED points or credits for certified wood that is "FSC or better." SFI maintains that the U.S. Green Building Council continues to put up artificial barriers, shutting out 75 percent of North America's forests that are certified by programs other than the Forest Stewardship Council. More

Green features changed game for appraisers
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Energy-efficient home features continue to increase in popularity among consumers, yet placing a value on these "green" products can be challenging. When appraising a green home, the appraiser evaluates supply and demand and competition in general, as well as specifically for green homes. More

Build it green and they will come
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It is true that real-estate prices in most of the country have tanked in the past few years. Many real-estate agents acknowledge that most of their sales in recent months with the feeble economy have been in foreclosures or short sales. Yet there is a new dynamic in the floundering housing industry that has resulted from spiraling energy costs: Some have turned "green." More

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USGBC launches green building products database
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The USGBC, in conjunction with The Home Depot, has launched an online products database that features products geared toward residential green building and that may contribute to points and prerequisites for the LEED for Homes program. More

Kansas town sees early results of green initiative
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The only thing more amazing than seeing a row of space-agey buildings rising from western Kansas plains is the fact that there are buildings there at all. It's been nearly five years since an F5 tornado obliterated most of Greensburg, Kan. The residents who remained in the area made some fairly radical decisions, electing to put the "green" in Greensburg by using disaster relief money, insurance money and donations to erect environmentally friendly buildings. More

Survey: Green usage to grow in wood building projects
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Regardless of the current tough economic conditions, both consumers and professionals continue to seek environmentally responsible materials for their building and design choices. So says an informal survey of approximately 3,300 customers, conducted by Krantz Select Woods, an online wood purveyor. Here are some findings from Krantz's Green Survey, conducted November 2011. More

International interest grows in green-building certification
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Last month, the new U.S. Embassy compound in Madagascar, which includes high-efficiency windows and low-flow toilets, received certification as a green building. Taipei 101 in Taiwan, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers, also earned a green stamp of approval recently, as did the Seoul Finance Center in South Korea. More

US report: Green buildings add to resiliency in disasters
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The U.S. Green Building Council and the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning have released a landmark report that describes how green buildings advance resiliency in disasters. The report, titled "Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions," describes potential adaptive strategies available to green building practitioners. More

Report: Green building practices have risk, liability issues
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Green building practices are a great idea, but carry risks and potential liabilities that could lead to lawsuits reminiscent of British Columbia's leaky condo crisis, according to a B.C. Construction Association report. "This is not a statement opposed to sustainable building," said BCCA president Manley McLachlan, whose association represents about 2,000 construction companies. More

The brilliant economics of green buildings
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Say what you will about the benefits of clean energy or the costs of pollution, the jury has returned an ambiguous verdict on the greening of the commercial real-estate market. The niche has become mainstream. Anyone who says green buildings, which are certified by third-party verifiers as demonstrating superior environmental performance and resource efficiency, are "boutique" has not been paying attention. More

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