Some LEED Buildings Not Energy Efficient
The New York Times
yesterday published an interesting article talking about how some LEED certified buildings are not living up to their green label when it comes to energy efficiency
, so much so that they do not qualify for an Energy Star label. Although there are those that praise LEED or the certification's broadness and comprehensive inclusion of many green features, this comprehensiveness also means that contractors can rack up points and qualify for LEED without ensuring that the homes they build are energy efficient.
This is quite interesting considering that LEED stands for Leadership in ENERGY and Environmental Design. This reality has caused LEED to rethink their certification and to institute new criteria for LEED renewal and new LEED certification, which ensure that buildings perform with higher energy efficiency
. As far as I'm concerned, it still remains to be seen whether new buildings built under the new LEED rules will perform any better. I think that LEED raters and contractors need a stronger education
in what it takes to truly make a structure energy efficient, and I think that there need to be more checks and balances in place to ensure that "raters" and "certifiers" are actually doing their jobs right.
[Read More via the New York Times]
So what can we do to help? Buildaroo.com is launching our first LIVE Energy Show this Thursday at 6:30 pm! Stay tuned for more information.
UPDATE: Found another interesting article discussing some good points in response to the New York Times article. Enjoy: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2009/08/leed-certification-actual-building-performance.html