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Green Building

Green Building Initiative's Hubbell discusses competition between certification programs

As green building and sustainable design become part of the overarching climate discussion, disagreement exists within the green building community on how to certify a building as "green". The U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Initiative each have their own green building certification programs. How are they different? Which one has more government and industry support? During today's OnPoint, Ward Hubbell, president of the Green Building Initiative, gives his take on the competition between his organization and the USGBC. He highlights the main distinctions between the two programs and discusses his organization's push to become the first green building certification program recognized by the American National Standards Institute. Hubbell discusses the main hurdles that exist for the green building movement and addresses the effects of the housing crisis on sustainable design.