From the fabricator: USGBC in the crosshairs

For years, I have been blogging about the NFRC, and along the way I had more than a few people tell me I was missing the boat: that while the NFRC had issues, my sights should have been on the USGBC and their LEED program. I understood their angst but I never really dug into it. Well, I guess now I don't have to as a class-action lawsuit against the USGBC has been filed. This one should be very fascinating to follow.

The suit was filed by a gentleman named Henry Gifford, who for years has been outspoken about the USGBC and LEED programs. Gifford basically alleges everything and more that the anti-USGBC crowd has been crowing about for years. After the suit was filed, the blogosphere blew up with articles and comments about this issue as it will be a hot one. Right now, the USGBC owns the green building world. Many others have come in and tried (Spirit, Green Globes, SEED, etc.) and never came close to getting the footing that USGBC and LEED enjoy.

Great reading here for the actual complaint and here for an opinion piece comparing Gifford to Rosa Parks. Check out the comments below on the second link for some interesting takes, including Gifford himself with a quick comment. As one poster said perfectly, it's like "as the 'Green Building Turns'."

Elsewhere...

  • Somewhere I think the Phillies and Yankees lost because I predicted them in the World Series. Anyway, I look forward to a Giant-Ranger tilt... love the stories behind the Rangers... but this will surely be a series of great pitching (Giants) vs. hitting (Rangers). Surely not as sexy of a matchup (like Yanks-Phils) but should be very good.
  • The good news of the overall Architectural Billings Index breaking the magical 50 mark for the first time in almost three years is probably tempered some by the regionality of the scores. The scores for the Northeast and Midwest surely skewed the score as the West and South are still showing very meager results. Still though, positive news is awesome. If the momentum continues, it would jive with the predictions that the comeback will hit our industry in the second half of 2011. It is still a long way away, but at least possibly a light at the end of the tunnel. To read the official report on the ABI, click here. 
  • And speaking of the links, I have been trying to get them to pop up in their own windows but I am inept at making that work. No clue why it won't work for me, so until I figure it out (or someone smarter walks me through it), I apologize for making you click forward and back.
  • Back to the good news economy-wise: you have to assume PPG having a record third-quarter earnings-wise is also good news for the overall state of business. Though I am sure that the PPG sales guys probably hate when announcements like that come out for the obvious reasons...
  • I was in Vegas last week and every second commercial was for a personal injury lawyer... that's what the world has come to out there, which is sad. Best tag line from one of these classic ambulance chasers was: "In a wreck... Get a check".... Yeesh... 

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Max Perilstein is chief marketing officer for Vitro America, Memphis. Write him at mperilstein@vitro.com.

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