WA State Enacts First US “Green Building” Mandate

washstate.jpgWashington state became the first state in the nation to enact a “Green Building” law requiring all new state buildings (K-12 schools, universities and other public buildings) bigger than 5,000 square feet meet or exceed the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification which takes into account a building’s materials, lighting, heating and cooling systems, water efficiency, landscaping, emissions’ reductions and other innovative building elements.
Other U.S. cities, including Chicago and Austin, Texas, have pioneered similar legislation. Read the story in Sustainable Industries Journal

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