28 Mar '12, 3pm

#Army abandons #LEED certification after Congressional ban, will develop its own building code model. (Dumb ban, PS)

Perhaps the Army is on to something. I believe that the trend in sustainable construction will be away from LEED certification. The ICC changes every three years and the ICC Energy Codes are starting to approach LEED standards. The ICC Green Building codes loom on the horizon with further sustainability and performance requirements. Commissioning and air infiltration testing are commonplace events now. High performance buildings are easily achieved without LEED certification. How can one earn LEED points for energy efficiency when high energy efficiency is already a code requirement? Government support of the LEED program has been its biggest success, but often, the agencies require LEED design standards without LEED certification to save a dime or two. LEED has successfully transformed the market place. Perhaps its work is done.

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