What Are The Plastic People So Afraid Of That They Want To Kill LEED?
Yesterday we described how the Plastic People Set Up "American High-Performance Buildings Coalition" To Fight Restrictions on Plastics in Green Building, and followed up with a list of their members. Coincidently, the gang at BuildingGreen.Com just released their new guide, Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Projects, which has all kinds of recommendations of "straightforward ways to avoid the worst dangers" and a list of what those dangers are. I thought it would be fun to cross-reference the worst dangers of chemical hazards to the supporters of the AHPBC.
NOTE: Not every product made by members of these associations and companies may have the chemicals listed below, but they are associated with those industries.
The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC)
ASC is the essential center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. The Adhesive and Sealant Council provides information, education and representation to deliver value to its members.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA)
Since 1936, AAMA has served as the leading trade association representing window, door, skylight, curtain wall and storefront manufacturers and their suppliers. AAMA provides support to members through standards development, educational resources, certification programs and code representation. AAMA is a strong advocate for manufacturers and professionals in the residential and commercial fenestration industry and continuously monitors legislative activities.
American Chemistry Council (ACC)
ACC represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people’s lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing.
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
AFPM is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life.
American Supply Association (ASA)
ASA is a not-for-profit national organization serving wholesale distributors and their suppliers in the plumbing, heating, cooling and industrial (PHCP) and mechanical pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) industry. ASA provides a forum for trading partners from around the country to discuss critical issues facing them, and offers a menu of products and services uniquely geared to their needs.
UNKNOWN, guessing PVC
Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (CEIR)
The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing is a trade organization whose mission is to promote the development and use of environmentally responsible, high performance roof systems and technologies. The Center is the leading information source on sustainable roofing and acts as a science-based advocate for the roofing industry.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
Chemical Fabrics & Film Association (CFFA)
CFFA is an international trade association of companies actively engaged in both the manufacture and sale of continuous web chemical fabrics or film. These companies manufacture chemical fabrics and film used in numerous applications such as contract upholstery, vinyl roofing, pool liners and transportation interiors. Suppliers of raw materials, equipment, or services to the industry are eligible for associate membership.
Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association (XPSA)
The Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association (XPSA) is a trade association representing manufacturers of Extruded Polystyrene Foam (XPS) insulation products and the industry’s raw material suppliers. XPSA members collectively manufacture more than 95% of all XPS destined for use in the North American market. XPSA promotes the benefits that accrue to society from appropriate use of XPS foam insulation applications.
EPDM Roofing Association (ERA)
Supports science based, data driven approaches (in the field and in the laboratory) to research in the roofing industry. With members that manufacture both black and reflective roofing membranes, ERA is uniquely positioned to comment on roof selection and design. In particular, ERA supports the use of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) when considering a choice for a sustainable roofing system.
EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA)
The EPS Industry Alliance is the North American trade association representing all aspects of the expanded polystyrene (EPS) industry. As a building and construction insulation product, EPS provides great performance at a price point that delivers quick return on energy efficiency investment. EPS-IA supports science based energy code development that advances building efficiencies and enables quick return on energy efficiency investment.
Flexible Vinyl Alliance (FVA)
FVA is a coalition of trade organizations, materials suppliers, compounders, formulators, molders and fabricators, who are currently concerned with regulatory and legislative attempts to debate, limit or “de-select” flexible vinyl products in commerce. The FVA provides messaging and advocacy on the proven safety, economy and utility of flexible PVC, a material used in a wide range of health care, recreational, military, automotive, building, flooring, construction and packaging applications.
Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA)
IMA-NA is the representative voice of companies which extract and process a vital and beneficial group of raw materials known as industrial minerals. Industrial minerals are the ingredients for many of the products used in everyday life, and our companies and the people they employ are proud of their industry and the socially responsible methods they use to deliver these beneficial resources.
and other metals and materials
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs.
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA)
NLBMDA represents its members in the national public policy arena, with emphasis on efforts to 1) promote the industry and educate legislators and public policy personnel; and 2) assist legislative, regulatory, standard-setting and other government or private bodies in the development of laws, regulations and policies affecting lumber and building material dealers, its customers and suppliers. Founded in 1917, the association has over 6,000 members operating single or multiple lumber yards and component plants serving homebuilders, subcontractors, general contractors, and consumers in the new construction, repair and remodeling of residential and light commercial.
and other building materials made from vinyl that dominate residential construction
National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA)
The NHLA is a trade association that advances the interests of the more than 500,000 Hispanic families that depend on the landscape industry for their livelihood. Among its many activities, the NHLA promotes the environmental and human health benefits of lawns, and the measurement of input use and ecosystem service value as key to any true sustainability program for landscapes.
Plastic Pipe & Fittings Association (PPFA)
PPFA promotes and defends plastic piping systems governed by construction codes. It advances this mission by promoting a regulatory environment in which the superior value of plastic piping products is recognized, providing users with relevant information needed to properly design, specify and install plastic piping systems and promoting an understanding of the environmental impact and benefits of thermoplastic piping products.
Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA)
For over 25 years, PIMA, a two time USEPA award recipient, has served as the unified voice of the rigid polyiso industry proactively advocating for safe, cost-effective, sustainable and energy efficient construction. Polyiso is one of the nation’s most widely used and cost-effective insulation products available.
Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI)
The mission of the RFCI is to enhance the long-term growth and well being of the North American resilient floor covering industry. This mission is accomplished by leveraging collective member resources to address industry issues and opportunities that exceed the scope of any single member company, and offer potential benefit for the common good of the industry.
Society of Plastics Industry (SPI)
Founded in 1937, SPI is the plastics industry trade association representing the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States. SPI’s member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers.
Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA)
SFPA is a nonprofit trade association that has represented manufacturers of Southern Pine lumber since 1915. Today, SFPA is the leading source of information about Southern Pine products for design/build professionals and consumers.
I think they are just friends with plastic people in hating LEED, see SFI
Treated Wood Council (TWC)
TWC is an international trade association serving the treated wood industry on government affairs issues with more than 475 member organizations.
Vinyl Institute (VI)
VI is dedicated to enhancing the growth, and protecting the stature of the vinyl industry. VI serves as the collective voice for the vinyl industry; engaging industry stakeholders in shaping the future of vinyl.
Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI)
VSI located in Washington, D.C., is the trade association for manufacturers of vinyl and other polymeric siding and suppliers to the industry. VSI is the sponsor of the VSI Product Certification Program and the VSI Certified Installer Program.
Windows & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA)
WDMA is the premier trade association representing the leading U.S. manufacturers of windows, doors and skylights. WDMA advances industry through regulatory and legislative advocacy, promoting product performance, providing education and information and facilitating relationships among manufacturers and suppliers.
Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA)
SOCMA is the leading trade association representing the specialty, batch and custom chemical manufacturing industry. From pharmaceuticals to cosmetics, soaps to plastics and all manner of industrial and construction products, SOCMA members make materials that make our standard of living possible. Over 70% of SOCMA’s active members are small businesses.