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Issues in Green Building and the Federal Response

26 October 2011

This white paper, presented by the Congressional Research Service, discusses the concept of green building and major federal policies relating to green building.

The report presents a clear picture about green building which focuses on the number of common elements, especially energy, water, materials, waste and health.

The document discusses the rating and certification systems awarded to developers who meet a specified set of green criteria, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate developed by the US Green Building Council.

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