Stone Panels, Inc. Provides LEED Capabilities With StoneLite® Product
DALLAS (February 2012) – At the end of last year it was reported that the U.S. Congress had decided to prohibit certain military spending on green building in a new defense authorization bill, H.R. 1540.
The bill will affect how Department of Defense funds are used to achieve a LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Gold or Platinum rating. LEED consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.
Although LEED has progressed steadily and now represents emerging green building technologies, the H.R. 1540 bill could trigger a rollback of the federal government at the forefront of pushing green building and LEED, according to a green building attorney.
The military, along with Stone Panels, Inc., has been on the forefront of green building initiatives and adopts sustainable design principles. Despite the funding debate, they remain committed to LEED and state that it does not cost more to design and construct to LEED standards.
“Stone Panels Inc. prides itself on our sustainable product that benefits the environment,” said Tim Friedel, Stone Panels, Inc. President and CEO. “The StoneLite® wall cladding system uses a rationed amount of stone and with a more durable product, there is less of a need to replace old, worn out dimensional stone product.”
The military stands by the LEED program stating that it gives another set of eyes on the construction details and helps guide the direction of projects plus the LEED certification cost is minimal compared to the benefits of LEED certification.
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