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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been accredited as an official Standards Developing Organization by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The USGBC applied to become an ANSI-accredited standards developer last year, according to the USGBC. The council began working with ANSI processes through the organization's partnership with the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) on the development of Standard 189p.
With a target completion date of late-2007, ANSI Standard 189p aims to set the baseline for high performance green buildings in the commercial marketplace, the USGBC says.
"We're pleased to have achieved this important designation," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC. "USGBC has been dedicated to openness, transparency and consensus throughout all of our programs since our founding more than 12 years ago, and being recognized as an ANSI accredited standards developer acknowledges our commitment."