Use of wood is crux of Defense Dept. ban from building to LEED

LEED standards discourage the use of domestic lumber, says Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and that's likely why the Department of Defense has recently been banned from building to LEED standards.

January 18, 2012

LEED standards discourage the use of domestic lumber, says Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and that's likely why the Department of Defense has recently been banned from building to LEED standards.

In 2010, 79 lawmakers sent a letter to the Green Building Council objecting to what they said was the exclusion of domestic sources of wood from the LEED rating system.

Critics say LEED favors the use of steel and concrete over sustainable wood in construction and renovation projects.

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