LEED certification: Big Green's lie
The “green” — as in supposedly energy-efficient building design — has lost a lot of its sheen in the nation's capital. A free market group's analysis of LEED-certified buildings reveals they use more energy than buildings without such certification.
In its study, the Environmental Policy Alliance compared buildings' energy use intensity, referred to as EUI. The higher the EUI number, the more energy used in relation to a building's size, The Daily Caller reports. And Washington, D.C., probably has the most LEED-certified buildings in the country, as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council, a private environment group. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
Most embarrassing is that the council's own headquarters showed a considerably higher EUI — 236 — than the average for uncertified buildings in the capital, which was 199.
Of course, defenders of all things green will argue that this is but one survey. But Anastasia Swearingen, lead researcher on the project, tells The Caller that studies of “LEED-certified buildings have consistently shown that LEED ratings have no bearing on actual energy efficiency.” Nevertheless, D.C. mandates LEED certification in public building construction.
And at what additional cost — aside from the additional energy expense?
Just goes to show that despite the claims (and demands) of those hellbent on “saving” the planet, all that's “green” does not glitter.
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