LEED in Dallas, Texas Focuses on Buildings, Lacks Neighborhood Sustainability

LEED in Dallas, Texas Focuses on Buildings, Lacks Neighborhood Sustainability

While these areas conserve land and attract street life, do they get the credit they deserve for addressing sustainability issues? Is there merit to marketing authentic sustainability in terms of urban development? The building industry accounts for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States , and environmental design has been revolutionary in not only decreasing its environmental impact, but improving tenant experience. Spearheaded mostly by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems; the voluntary framework has become the predominant rating standard for “green” buildings in the US, influencing both market and government standards. Whether designing new construction or retrofitting an existing structure, the system allows builders to receive credit for environmentally-friendly choices in individual building designs. However, while the sy...

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