A memorandum of understanding between BRE Global, Watford, U.K.; the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; Green Building Council Australia, Sydney; and the U.K. Green Building Council, London, recently was signed to map and develop common metrics to measure emissions of carbon-dioxide equivalents from new homes and buildings. A working group of representatives from each of the groups will develop the metrics and seek to align the tools and provide consistency in measurement and reporting. Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer and founding chairman of USGBC says, “The MOU sets the stage for true progress by focusing on performance that is measurable and verifiable. As we work to alleviate the role buildings play in climate change, it's vital that we are able to measure carbon emisions in a consistent, reliable way.” For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

Rick Fedrizzi (left) of the Washington, D.C.- based U.S. Green Building Council, signs a memorandum of understanding to develop common metrics to measure greenhouse- gas emissions. Paul King of USGBC and Carol Atkinson of Watford, U.K.-based BRE Global also are pictured.

Rick Fedrizzi (left) of the Washington, D.C.- based U.S. Green Building Council, signs a memorandum of understanding to develop common metrics to measure greenhouse- gas emissions. Paul King of USGBC and Carol Atkinson of Watford, U.K.-based BRE Global also are pictured.