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GBCI Wants You . . . Or Rather, Your Feedback

Buildings and facilities can qualify for many environmental, social, government (ESG) certifications. There are the “healthy” building certifications that impact occupiers, such as Fitwell Certification and the Well Building Standard. There is the gold standard, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which breaks down into multiple certification types. Then there is the TRUE certification program, which encourages facility managers and owners to plan and implement zero-waste goals in an effort to reduce “their carbon footprint” while supporting occupier and overall public health.

Now Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which oversees the LEED and TRUE programs (as well as other green and social certification measures) wants to launch certification specifically geared to construction projects. The goal? To develop and implement certification that encourages builders and developers to build with an eye toward zero waste. While current TRUE certification focuses on facilities that are up and running, the construction-oriented certification would target “than projects in the construction phase that also wish to pursue zero waste,” according to the TRUE website.

To that end, GBCI is in the process of developing a pilot program. The organization is reaching out to those in the industry willing to offer feedback and suggestions for a construction zero-waste certification.

There’s a good reason for concern. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 600 million tons of construction and demolition materials were generated from civil engineering and building projects in 2018. Out of that, 145 million tons was sent to landfills, while 455 million tons were slated for next use.

To tackle this issue, GBCI wants partners and commentary that could help in the process of “informing and influencing the next TRUE certification tool,” the TRUE website offered.

To learn more, sign up here at the TRUE website.


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