26 Dec '12, 10pm

Green Globes Certification Taking Business From LEED

By Mary Shanklin, Staff Writer The longtime standard for constructing energy-efficient buildings -- LEED certification -- is no longer the only option in the "green"-construction business. The U.S. Green Building Council's certification has long been championed as evidence that a building has passed rigorous energy-efficiency tests and environmental reviews. But at least one group in Orlando has shifted to the lesser-known Green Globes certification as a less-costly and more flexible way to prove that a building makes the most of available efficiencies. Valencia College has several buildings certified as LEED (short for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design"), but it shifted to the Green Globes certification for its new, $21.7 million Lake Nona campus in southeast Orlando. "I would say the Green Globes is definitely a more-flexible system. You work directly with a...

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