"...LEED is harming the environment..."

Shapiro, assuming that Gifford has benefited from the green building wave, even questions whether Gifford has even been harmed, as he would have to be to take part in the lawsuit. However, Gifford says that there’s no question about that. “Nobody hires me to fix their buildings,” he says. Though not an engineer, Gifford is respected in energy efficiency circles for his technical knowledge. He explains that he has lost out because owners are fixated on earning LEED points, and he doesn’t participate: “Unless you’re a LEED AP you're not going to get work.” That’s unfair, he claims, because while USGBC says that its product saves energy, it doesn’t. Gifford says that his services actually save energy, and he’s prepared to prove it by sharing energy bills from buildings he has worked on.

Full article: http://greensource.construction.com/news/2010/101022Class...

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