Proposed LEED Changes to Impact Vinyl Window Industry

May 21, 2012

Once again the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is attacking the vinyl window industry as it proposes changes to the LEED® rating system. In November 2011, USGBC proposed changes for 2012 (currently on revision 4) that added a new point category referred to as Disclosure and Avoidance related to a list it refers to as Chemicals of Concern, which include many common materials in building products, such as PVC.

To put it simply, if you disclose the use of PVC or avoid using PVC you will receive additional points. This is not the first time USGBC has declared war on PVC and will not likely be the last, but the Vinyl Institute and The American Chemicals Council have pushed back and drawn attention to the General Services Administration (GSA) for its involvement with USGBC and support of LEED. In fact, a GSA employee sits on the Board of Directors of USGBC, and as much as 9% of USGBC funding comes directly from GSA. 

Quanex has been actively working to organize our Members of Congress to take action and support our industry, including Congressman Robert Gibbs (OH-18) and Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17). In the meantime the House Science, Space and Technology Committee has been investigating the entanglement between GSA and USGBC. As we learn more about actions being taken we will let you know how you can help protect our industry.

Eric Jackson
Director of External Affairs

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