LEED PROJECT REVIEW PROCESS SIMPLIFIED
Despite its benefits, LEED certification is often difficult to achieve with extended application and review times. LEED
Proven Provider, a new tool provided by the Green Building Certification Institute and the USGBC, is designed to help building
owners and facility managers choose organizations with LEED-certification project management experience that can expedite
The program, open to organizations with a minimum of six
certified projects in a single rating system family, provides great-
er access to LEED reviewers and recognition from the USGBC
for demonstrating “consistent excellence in administering LEED
By recognizing firms that have proven their ability to stream-
line the certification process, the USGBC hopes that the new
program will minimize additional work performed during the
project review process in addition to facilitating communication
between LEED reviewers and participants.
EPA TOOL FOR TOXIC CHEMICALS
Concerned about hazardous materials used in your facility? An online tool called ChemView contains information on
almost 10,000 chemicals.
Offered by the EPA, ChemView covers items regulated under
the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The database displays
key health and safety information with links to a more detailed
Searches can be conducted by chemical name or Chemi-
cal Abstracts Service number, use, hazard effect, or regulatory
action. Users can create tailored views of the information on
ChemView also includes items specified on the Safer Chemical Ingredients List. These product ingredients meet the criteria
for the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling
Program. It covers a wide range of materials, including colorants, defoamers, fragrances, polymers, solvents, surfactants,
deicers, and industrial chemicals.
DfE is a voluntary program that recognizes products that
maintain high performance and use the safest chemical ingredients. Approximately 2,500 products carry the label. The
guidelines address a broad range of potential toxicological effects, including asthmagens, allergens, substances on authoritative lists of chemicals of concern, carcinogens, mutagens, and
reproductive or developmental toxicants.
NOT ALL BIRDS BENEFIT FROM UV GLASS
Hundreds of millions of birds are killed in window collisions every year. A common solution is to apply ultraviolet patterns that distinguish glass
from reflected sky or trees. While glass panes containing UV-absorbing pat-
terns are available commercially, field tests have yielded mixed results.
Scientists at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Uppsala
University show that because birds differ strongly in how well they see
ultraviolet light, the markings are only visible to species with the right type
of color vision. These include birds like small perchers (passerines), gulls, and
parrots. To these species, ultraviolet markings are clearly visible under a range
of lighting conditions.
For geese, birds of prey, pigeons, and crows, however, these patterns can
be difficult to detect. To be effective, the films would have to produce virtually
perfect contrasts and be viewed against a scene with low color variation but a
high ultraviolet content, such as a clear blue sky.
If a glass retrofit for bird safety isn’t decreasing collisions as you hoped, in-
ventory the remaining affected species to see if additional films are necessary.