WASHINGTON – The American Wood Council (AWC) today applauded the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recognition of the Green Globes® building assessment and certification program. Specifically, the new DOD policy expands the ability of the department to verify building sustainability using GSA-approved certification systems, which now include both the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes and the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®).
"The American Wood Council commends the Defense Department for updating its sustainability policy to utilize multiple green building rating systems which properly recognize the benefits of wood products," said Robert Glowinski, president and CEO of the American Wood Council. "AWC is a strong supporter of improving the energy and environmental performance of our nation's building stock, and this policy change is a major step forward for the industry and U.S. Government toward achieving energy-efficiency and cost-effectiveness under federal building policies. We also appreciate Congressional supporters for their efforts to ensure the inclusion of multiple green building certification systems for evaluation of the performance of DOD buildings under their Unified Facilities Code."
As a sustainable building material, wood requires less energy to produce, transport, and construct than alternatives. Along with the recognition provided through these approved tools, increased use of wood products in construction provides the government with an opportunity to improve the environmental footprint of its building inventory, allowing for significant contributions to the Administration's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.