USGBC Accredited as ANSI Standards Developer

Dec. 12, 2006
Washington (November, 2006) – The U.S. Green Building Council has been accredited as an official Standards Developing Organization by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). “We’re pleased to have achieved this important designation,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “USGBC has been dedicated to openness, transparency and consensus throughout all of our programs since our founding more than 12 years ago, and being recognized as an ANSI accredited standards developer acknowledges our commitment.”“USGBC’s recognition as an ANSI-accredited standards developer underscores the priority we place on being equitable, accessible and responsive to the requirements of our many stakeholders,” says Kris Prendergast, vice president, governance and organization development, USGBC. USGBC began working with ANSI processes through the organization’s partnership with the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) on the development of Standard 189p, an effort in which the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is also a partner. With a target completion date of late-2007, Standard 189p will be an ANSI standard, and will set the baseline for high-performance green buildings in the commercial marketplace. USGBC applied to become an ANSI-accredited standards developer last year.“Inclusiveness and transparency are among USGBC’s Guiding Principles. Our participation in and accreditation by ANSI honors those principles,” notes Prendergast. About USGBCThe U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, federal and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The annual Greenbuild conference as well as the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, are projects of the USGBC. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

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