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Pentagon Isn't Abandoning LEED After All

Last week, we joined in with the speculation that the issuance of an internal building code for the Armed Services based on buy cheapest levitra ASHRAE 189.1 would be further sign that the Pentagon was moving away from using LEED. However, the Pentagon's Media Relations Division has offered clarification to Building Green, saying that the Army is not abandoning LEED. Congress has already moved to explicitly limit funding for LEED Gold or Platinum certification, although how that limit has been interpreted is interesting.

The Congressional Prohibition on Use of cheapest prices for viagra Funds for LEED Gold or Platinum Certification states that "No funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2012 may be obligated or expended for achieving any LEED gold or platinum certification."

The approach the military is taking with respect to the price of levitra Congressional requirement is get cialis online based on avoiding added cost, which is what the specific language in the legislation speaks about. As Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy, and the environment, told Building Green, "The challenge right now is one of education," she explained. "If a building got a Gold-level certification and the best place cialis online shop we were striving for Silver, that does not mean there was an incremental cost. We're working to help prepare a report for Congress so they understand the benefit of high-performance buildings."

Furthermore, there are communities and local governments where incentives, such as reduced building permit fees or rebates, are available for projects that use LEED. Also, LEED certification fees are waived if project receives Platinum LEED Certification. In the long run, better performing buildings will be less expensive to operate and maintain. In fact, just a week ago, the Navy opened its first LEED Platinum facility at the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) Phoenix at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. Whether the viagra prescription label Pentagon uses LEED or ASHRAE 189.1 or its own code, it is clear from numerous programs undertaken by all branches of the military that they understand the value of building good buildings.

Previously on EcoGeek: US Army Abandoning LEED Certification

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written by Carter McNeese, April 06, 2012
I will grant that I am NOT an expert on LEED and the intricacies of low price levitra that world. What I am an expert on is the intricacies of politics and political opinion and the use of the Armed Services as a political football to advice certain ideas.

There is a certain class of politician (and I would put Robert Wicker in this class) that are opposed to any and all "green" ideas. He can wrap it up anyway he wants to as "protecting MS timber products" (which as a producer let me state he is doing a piss poor job), but what this is only today buy levitra online without a prescription truly about is trying to gut LEED, cut it off from a major source of funding, and hopefully make it go away so that we can go back to the bad old days where we weren't concerned about the environmental impact of the buildings that we constructed.

Also, don't forget that the Oil and Gas industry has a much larger impact in the state of MS than the timber industry. And in some cases (Koch Brothers, who now own Georgia Pacific) are one and the same.
written by Freeflydude, April 12, 2012
Ashrae 189.1 is actually more stringent than LEED and would be more difficult to acheive. Not that it's a bad thing, just funny that congress yet again doesn't know what they are talking about.

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