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Skanska bolts U.S. Chamber as LEED dispute heats up

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By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon

Skanska USA announced Tuesday it will leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in protest of the Chamber’s position on environmental building measures.

Skanska USA announced Tuesday it will leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in protest of the Chamber’s position on environmental building measures.

Skanska made the decision after the Chamber backed “a chemical industry-led initiative to effectively ban the future use of LEED for government buildings.” The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard govern design and construction specs on new federal structures.

Skanska is the Portland area’s second-largest commercial contractor, with more than $300 million in billings during 2011. The company overall billed about $5 billion worth of projects that year.

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