Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Critisism of LEED and why it's good

The checklist created by the U.S. Green Building Council, creators of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system has been under increasing scrutiny (read one of the latest criticisms here). A Google search of criticism of LEED yields 203,000 results. LEED does have some shortcomings so the criticism is fair (for the most part), but any rating system is bound to have its faults. The important thing is that the U.S. Green Building Council take the criticism under advisement and continue to evolve its rating system. However, the U.S. Green Building Council should be ecstatic about the criticism. It proves the increasing receptiveness of government agencies, businesses, even individuals in embracing green design. With this type of attention green design is apt to be embraced by even more people, creating more green buildings and resulting in a better place for all of us to live. To that, I say congratulations.

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