11 Oct '11, 4pm

US Green Building Council Raises LEED Standards for 2012

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is implementing major upgrades in LEED certification standards for buildings in 2012 in response to criticisms. Critics say LEED ratings don't go far enough - that adding up a bunch of points for green features doesn't necessarily result in a building that's green overall, and that there's no method of verifying whether a finished building is performing as planned. Should having a bike rack earn points in a building that hasn't upgraded an old furnace system, for example? How do you know that a building owner even uses green technology after its been installed? Over the years, LEED standards have been raised several times as the market matured and could absorb more advanced standards. Now, it's time to do that again. The originators of LEED always had the vision of creating fully functioning green buildings, not just a list of features...

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