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UL Announces Product Lens™ Program Acceptance by USGBC’s LEED Certification Program

UL's Product Lens™ chemical disclosure program is now recognized under the Building Product Design and Optimization grouping – Materials Ingredient credit by LEED. The Product Lens program was developed to address the needs of architects and designers seeking more transparency about the impacts of chemicals in products. The acceptance by LEED will continue to simplify the accreditation process for LEED project teams and drive green building forward.

For more information of Product Lens™ in LEED, click here.

HPD Version 2.0 Released by Health Product Declaration Collaborative

The Health Product Declaration Collaborative has released the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard, Version 2. The newly released version is intended to increase usability, harmonize the specification with other building standards and certifications, tackle disclosure and supply chain structure, and reduce redundant and overlapping data.

To learn more about the newly updated standard, click here.

ENERGY STAR System Now Available for Multifamily Projects

The EPA's ENERGY STAR program has long enabled commercial building owners to evaluate and compare their energy performance against others in the industry; however, the multifamily building industry has lacked a simple metric for tracking and quantifying energy performance - until now. In mid-September, the EPA made the ENERGY STAR program available for Multifamily High Rise buildings.

Learn more about ENERGY STAR and how it can help your building portfolio, here.

LEED v4 Approved by USGBC Members after Landslide Vote

After three years of development, the newest version of the LEED rating system was voted into approval by 86% of the voting body. The voting body is made up of USGBC members including contractors, builders, design firms, utility companies, and manufacturers. LEED v4 is set to launch at the upcoming Greenbuild Conference in Philadelphia on November 20, 2013. Signified by the overwhelming member approval, LEED v4 has finally emerged, after six public comment periods and considerable controversy, as the new standard for sustainable development.

To read more on the approval of LEED v4, click here.

Boston Joins D.C. and Philadelphia in Enacting Energy Benchmarking Legislation

Boston Mayor Menino’s Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance, approved May 8, will require both commercial and residential properties to benchmark and report their energy and water usage as well as greenhouse gas emissions. The ordinance will mandate that commercial buildings over 35,000 square feet and all residential buildings over 35 units annually report this data. This equates to over 1,500 buildings. The aim of this legislation is to use disclosure to promote competition to improve energy efficiency and building performance.

For more information on this ordinance, click here.