29 Oct '12, 9am

Building Science: Why Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?

Building Science: Why Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?

It costs a lot of money to get LEED certification for commercial buildings and for single-family homes. When I was studying for the LEED AP exam in 2004, I read about how the extra costs upfront would be paid back in energy savings and productivity. But what about those LEED certified buildings that don't show the energy savings? To be fair, the costs for multifamily, affordable housing projects are said to be quite reasonable, and even Lstiburek has said that the LEED for Homes Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. program doesn't have the problems that the commercial buildings program has.

Full article: http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/building-s...

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