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Walmart to USGBC: You Are Right

Bill Walsh | September 13, 2013 | Policies

Yesterday Walmart announced a new policy on “Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables.” Though intended for consumer and personal care products sold at the retail giant, key elements of this policy reinforce and vindicate the US Green Building Council’s strategy for encouraging the use of healthier building materials. Walmart’...


Walmart to USGBC: You Are Right

Bill Walsh | September 13, 2013 | Policies

Yesterday Walmart announced a new policy on “Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables.” Though intended for consumer and personal care products sold at the retail giant, key elements of this policy reinforce and vindicate the US Green Building Council’s strategy for encouraging the use of healthier building materials. Walmart’s...


Follow the Leader: Skanska

Bill Walsh | July 18, 2013 | Policies

Last week, Skanska, one of the world's largest construction companies, resigned from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to protest the Chamber's backing of a chemical industry-led initiative to effectively ban the future use of LEED for government buildings. Skanska's public opposition to the self-serving campaign by the chemical and plastics...


The Healthy Heart of Texas

Bill Walsh | July 16, 2013 | Optimizing Recycling

As I hit the road for Dallas last week I realized that this year I will travel to Texas more often than any other state to speak about healthy building materials.  In April I was pleased to participate in HKS’s Green Week.  This fall I will be part of a Houston event sponsored by the local USGBC chapter.  Is the Texas green b...


John Knott: Executive Director, Health Product Declaration Collaborative

Bill Walsh | July 08, 2013 | Tools

In July 2011, the Healthy Building Network and BuildingGreen.com convened a working group of building industry experts to create the first open standard format for reporting building product content and related health hazards. At Greenbuild 2011, this working group released a draft Health Product Declaration (HPD). One year later, after an extensiv...


Transparently NeoCon?

Bill Walsh | June 10, 2013 | Policies

The Carnegie company is introducing a new green product line of wall coverings — Bio-Based Xorel. With a Cradle-to-Cradle Gold certification, third party confirmation of 60-85% plant-based content, manufacturer take-back program, and a Health Product Declaration on file, this is a heavyweight addition to the green product showcase. But it wil...


Transparency comes to building industry's preeminent "un-green" conference

Bill Walsh | June 10, 2013 | Policies

The Carnegie company is introducing a new green product line of wall coverings — Bio-Based Xorel. With a Cradle-to-Cradle Gold certification, third party confirmation of 60-85% plant-based content, manufacturer take-back program, and a Health Product Declaration on file, this is a heavyweight addition to the green product showcase. But it w...


USGBC Announces Abbreviated 7th Public Comment Period

Bill Walsh | April 01, 2013 | Policies

[April Fool's edition] The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has opened the seventh public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED Green Building program, LEED v4. The public comment periods allow the building community to view the most recent draft of the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Material Ingredients Credit a...


Let's Just KISS: The LEED 6th Public Comment Period

Bill Walsh | March 26, 2013 | Policies

The KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) is one of the fundamental design principles of the industrial age. It holds that simple systems generally work more effectively than complex systems, and therefore, unnecessary complexity should be avoided in good design. The latest version of the LEED Material Ingredients Credit (MRc4) kisses this notion...