As The New York Times reported five years ago, LEED-certified buildings often suffer from poor energy efficiency. I agree with the editorial “LEED certification: Big Green's lie” on that point.
LEED certification belongs on the blueprints, not the building itself. A new building should demonstrate efficiency for several years after it is occupied before a plaque gets attached. Prove it — then earn the gold star.
Regardless of your opinion on environmental issues, there is nothing wrong with doing a good job on energy design.
Efficiency is a long-term investment strategy that reduces costs throughout a building's long life. It is a strong bet that energy costs will continue to rise over the long term, increasing the initial value as the years go by.
The LEED program has earned constructive criticism. The LEED goals of quality, craftsmanship and frugality are American virtues we all share.
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