25 Oct '12, 10pm

Thoughtful responses to @USAToday critique of #LEED from @HBNPharos and @LEEDuser at

The LEED-certified Palazzo in Las Vegas I took a call from Tom Frank, a reporter at USA Today last week, and spent over an hour on the phone with him explaining the proposed LEED v4 rating system and what it’s trying to achieve. I wish I had saved my breath, because the story that came out today used almost nothing from our conversation, and instead devotes itself to attacking LEED based not on the future, but on ancient (2002–2008) history. The story casts LEED as a tool developers use to garner tax breaks and other advantages for very little environmental or social benefit. It’s true that some projects have exploited loopholes in LEED requirements and achieved credits for measures that they either had to do anyway, or did for no good reason except to earn the point. Each new version of LEED has gotten a little more sophisticated in removing those loopholes, so that’s hap...

Full article: http://www.leeduser.com/blogs/usa-today-story-leed-v4-ebo...

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