24 Aug '13, 2pm

Accidental benefits of LEED.

Accidental benefits of LEED.

I’ve been heavily involved with LEED for 12 of its 20 years. There were times when we were just trying to get people to start using it and many times when we were trying to reinvent it. Nowadays, time is spent evaluating energy data to measure the performance of LEED buildings against a wide range of benchmarks. When I look back on the evolution, I am struck more by the accidental benefits that have accrued to project teams and building owners than I am by any numbers or inventions. This is saying something since I am an trained engineer with a business founded on building performance analytics! And the numbers remain important, but stay with me here… Perhaps the biggest impact of LEED in my experience is the impact on communications within project environments. The vast majority of the LEED projects I’ve worked on have resulted in better overall buildings because the proc...

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