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To LEED or not to LEED

The trend for architects and designers recently is whether to become LEED certified, or not. So what exactly is LEED, you ask? It stands for The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and is under the umbrella of US Green Building Council and according to their webiste “LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.”

I recently found this survey, the 3rd Annual Green Building by Allen Matkins, Constructive Technologies Group (CTG) and the Green Building Insider reveals surprising results regarding green construction, from Dexigner. They state, that “the survey, completed by more than 900 respondents, addressed current attitudes toward green building, its risks, costs, certification processes and trends. The survey, which was completed in December 2008, gauges the opinions of professionals involved in green building and LEED certification. The majority of respondents endorsed building green, with 93.4 percent of survey participants agreeing that it is worth the time and effort. However, despite this endorsement of building green, 66.2 percent (down from 76 percent in the 2007 survey) agreed that it was worth obtaining official LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

These results suggest that while building industry respondents almost unanimously indicated that it is worth the time and effort to build green, LEED certification was perceived as attractive by just two-thirds of green building supporters. ”

So bottom line, it costs $400 to take the exam, now up to you to determine whether it’s worth it.


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