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LEED v4 contains “relatively dramatic changes,” Doug Gatlin, vice president of market development at the U.S. Green Building Council, said at a news conference at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco. LEED v4 is in its fifth comment period, and there is quite a buzz — and some negative feedback — going on.

Launched in 2000 by the USGBC, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System was created as a way to provide third-party certification that a building was built “green.” It bills itself as a “voluntary, consensus-based standard to support and certify successful green building design, construction and operations.”

Since 2006, there have been few significant technical changes, Gatlin said.[…] Continue Reading »

CHEMTREC, or the Chemical Transportation Emergency Center, “provides immediate, 24/7 critical response information for incidents involving hazardous materials” to 24,000 companies as a division of the American Chemistry Council. On Monday, CHEMTREC announced that a memorandum of understanding of mutual assistance with China’s National Registration Center for Chemicals had taken force. I asked CHEMTREC’s G. R. “Randy” Speight about what this agreement means for chemical safety, the industry and beyond.[…] Continue Reading »

Lee Salamone is the director of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, which is part of the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division. I recently asked her about the state of the polyurethanes industry and what to expect at CPI’s annual conference, which is next week in Atlanta.

When we talked last year, we discussed how the polyurethane industry’s flexibility was helpful in weathering the recession.[…] Continue Reading »

Kevin Swift is the chief economist and managing director at the American Chemistry Council in Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for economic and other analyses dealing with markets, energy, trade, tax and innovation, as well as monitoring business conditions and identifying emerging trends for the domestic and global chemical sectors. He is an authority on the global chemical industry, and his research and analyses aid decision making throughout the industry.[…] Continue Reading »