24 Feb '12, 6pm

LEED-Bashing: Is Building to LEED Standards More Dangerous Than Conventional Construction?

LEED-Bashing: Is Building to LEED Standards More Dangerous Than Conventional Construction?

Construction is a dangerous business. These days, it is probably safer than it has ever been; you rarely see workers without reflective vests, hard hats and safety boots and even safety glasses. But according to a new study there is a growing danger out there, the insidious threat of green building. The study, Identification of Safety Risks for High-Performance Sustainable Construction Projects , is behind a fence, but the abstract summarizes the dangers: The US Green Building Council (USGBC) sponsored LEED green building program represents the largest program in the United States for the measurement, verification, and certification of green buildings. A recent study found that LEED certified buildings have accounted for a higher injury rate than comparative traditional non‐LEED buildings. .... The results indicate that (1) workers on LEED construction projects are exposed...

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