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Director of Environmental Codes & Standards | UL Environment & Sustainability

Josh Jacobs


Josh Jacobs is responsible for standard and outside code participation and authority having jurisdiction engagement for UL Environment & Sustainability. In this role he helps develop and track the environmental and public health programs/codes/purchasing programs that are being utilized and developed throughout the world. As a LEED AP+ BD&C, he has been able to assist architects, designers, specifiers, and builders understand how to utilize products to build a more sustainable project.

Josh has served on over 20 sustainable committees, including but not limited to USGBC’s Pilot Credit Committee and LEED Steering Committee, ASHRAE 189.1, 2012/2015/2018 NAHB National Green Building Standard, ANSI/BIFMA E3 joint committee, Fitwel Advisory Council, and he served on the original water and IEQ work group that developed the first public draft of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

He is also a recurring guest lecturer at multiple universities and has spoken on sustainable building practices and purchasing policies at many conferences and continuing education events on five continents. Josh also served as Chairman of the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement, Chairman of the 2015 NAHB Material & IEQ Working Group, Vice Chair of Green Globes Material Task Group, and Chair for USGBC’s Pilot Credit Committee. He is currently the Vice Chair for ASHRAE 189.1 committee and the incoming 2021 LEED Steering Committee Chairman.

In his role Josh has helped numerous AHJs develop and implement sustainable purchasing policies and requirements, including but not limited to: the US General Service Administration, the US Military through the UFGS, the State of California, the city of New York, the Building Construction Authority of Singapore, and numerous universities and private businesses. Josh has also helped develop influential materials, human health, product emissions, and indoor air quality criteria in numerous global codes and rating systems, including but not limited to LEED v4 and v4.1, Fitwel, Green Globes, CALGreen, IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and BREEAM.