Who is USGBC?
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) was established in 1993 “to promote sustainability-focused practices in the building and construction industry” by Rick Fedrizzi, David Gottfried and Mike Italiano. A group of about 60 professionals from related fields came together to discuss and outline sustainability across the building industry. Out of this, LEED was born as a green building rating system. 1
Today, LEED has presence in over 164 countries and territories across the globe. LEED is the world’s leading third party certified green construction set of standards.
Today Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is one of the most prominent green building certifications internationally. LEED sets sustainable building standards for design, construction, operation, and maintenance as it relates to occupancy comfort level, occupancy health, energy efficiency, and environmental considerations. The current version is LEED v4, and is based on a series of prerequisites and credits that which contribute to achieve different tiers of certification: certified, silver, gold, or platinum. 1
LEED evokes material integrity by incorporating certifications as Forest Stewardship Council, GreenGuard, FloorScore, CDPH Standard Method v1.1 2010, environmental product declarations, health product declarations, GreenScreen Benchmark, Cradle to Cradle, Declare label for solvent-based materials such as finishes and adhesives that are part of wood flooring.
1About. c2017. Washington (D.C): U.S. Green Building Council; [accessed 2017 Feb 9]. http://www.usgbc.org/about.