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Federal Agencies Can Pick the Green Rating System They Like

In a final rule, the Department of Energy says that federal agencies are free to choose any system that is appropriate — as long as it meets certain conditions

Posted on Oct 28 2014 by Scott Gibson

The U.S. Department of Energy won't be directing federal agencies to use any particular green-building rating system when they design new buildings and plan major renovations. But whatever system they choose will have to meet certain criteria.

Rather than choose the U.S. Green Building Council's LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. system or the competing Green Globes program — both of which have been found to be acceptable by the General Services Administration (GSA) — the rule leaves the choice to agency planners.

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