14 Apr '11, 1pm

There's a reason why #LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design via @KilrWat

There's a reason why #LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design via @KilrWat

A loyal reader asked me what I thought about the proposal currently floating around to allow fulfillment of the energy prerequisite in LEED-EBOM by simply showing a 20 percent improvement in the Energy Star score, rather than achieving the current minimum score of 69. Not to put too fine a point on it, I think this is a really, really, really bad idea. The name and the intent of the standard is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, not Improvement in Energy and Environmental Design, even though improvement is clearly part of the leadership piece. I think I can see some of the rationale behind the proposal, but I don't think it is sufficiently strong to warrant such a dramatic and potentially damaging change. Clearly, we need to increase the penetration of LEED into the existing building market and allowing buildings with lower Energy Star scores to at least get in...

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