Comment Period Open for Update to USGBC’s LEED Green Building Program

October 9, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the opening of the fifth public comment period for the proposed update to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program. The comment period, which will close on December 10, 2012, enables SPI and other organizations to view the most recent draft of the rating systems and provide comments where any substantive changes have been made.

As noted in a previous Inside Edge article this June, the USGBC decided to open this fifth comment period after hearing from an overwhelming number of plastics industry leaders who called out inaccuracies and unsound, unscientific principles in the fourth draft standard issue in May. The original language included several inaccuracies related to various plastics materials used in construction—a major end-market for our industry.

LEED standards are being used with increasing frequently by architects, builders, and rebuilding specialists, not only in the U.S. but also around the world. USGBC says that LEED certification of new or remodeled buildings is taking place daily.

During the fifth public comment period SPI will continue its collaboration with the Vinyl Institute, the American Chemistry Council and more than 30 other trade associations through its participation in the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at and

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

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