Class-Action Lawsuit Against USGBC/LEED

Someone is suing the U.S. Green Building Council over their LEED “green building certification system”.

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Having read through the lawsuit, it does bring up some valid points. (My commentary is in parenthesis.)

  • The USGBC claim that LEED buildings reduce energy use 25-30% over non-LEED buildings is not necessarily true. The LEED program is an arduous process; it is possible to reduce a building’s designed energy use and not pursue LEED certification.
  • That anyone could become a LEED-accredited professional. (This used to be true. Now the requirements are a little more strict – you have to actually worked on a LEED-accredited project in order to become LEED AP.)
  • The USGBC does not require any commissioning of LEED-certified projects, so there is no way of knowing or substantiating the claim of 25-30% energy reduction.

Certainly, that last claim is a big item that the USGBC needs to improve upon. Part of designing a super-energy efficient building is also making sure it performs up to those expectations.[via CEPro]

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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth. https://twitter.com/mpeterworth

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