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ASC urges GSA to Include Green Globes Certification
In Model Commercial Leasing Provisions
September 16, 2015 Bethesda, MD –The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has submitted comments to U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of High-Performance Green Buildings urging the inclusion of the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes® certification program in draft model leasing provisions being developed as required by the “Better Buildings Act of 2015.” The provisions are intended to encourage building owners in the private sector as well as state, county and municipal governments to invest in all cost-effective energy and water efficiency improvements.
ASC’s comments noted that current draft document only references the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED® rating system, yet in several other federal leasing model documents, GSA has broadened its approach and referenced GBI and USGBC’s certification programs.
“It has been federal policy that agencies may use any certification system that otherwise meets federal criteria,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s director of regulatory affairs. “Both Green Globes® and LEED® do that and by ensuring that both may utilized in these provisions, building owners and managers have options to develop answers for energy efficiency that will make sense to them.”
The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the $40 billion global adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 131 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, representing 75% of the U.S. industry. “Innovators secure the future with adhesives and sealants” is the vision of ASC, and the Council produces programs that support five strategic objectives covering Career Education, Community Knowledge Integration, Innovation, Unified Industry Voice and Accelerate Growth. Information on ASC can be found at www.ascouncil.org. Industry solutions and news can be found at www.adhesives.org or www.sealants.org.