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69 Points ints

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9 points

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LEED for New Construct

ion v 2.critical 2 in trying to improve itself. An cannot be sufficiently built environment, he suggests, must move beyond advocacy and Retowards gistered“industry,” Pr oj ecoft this Chec ts in kli o st P example presumed pitfall might be seen in the step expected to be measured practice and long-term education. Yet, performance is hard to 14 included in LEED 2009 that merely grants credits for addressing regional predict since owners control the operation and maintenance after the No ? s te Yes project ired than advancing a more holistic or integral Si qu le Re ab n ai environmental concerns rather is completed,Su but this is a critical aspect that could benefit from Project Name: st evention 1 site and/or its social context at the foreapproach that places a building’s further refinement. ity Pollution Pr tiv Ac tion uc tr ns Co 1 jectpaper Addre(“Another Prereqperformance, front of its sustainability. This Related to measuring another Pro recent 1 rather lukewarm response may appear to ss: ction Yes Way to Rate Green Buildings,” le Se te ity Si tiv ec 1 demonstrate that the industry written and self-published by Henry GifConn Credit 1is too accommodating or else does not want & Community Densityraised t en pm lo ve to restrict development, one rationale being that if development in sensiford, a vocal critic of LEED) aligns with several points by Vyas. HowDe Credit 2 1 pment and support lo ve de Re ld tive areas is inevitable, we need to make sure it is green. More rigorous ever, Gifford goes a step further by setting out the rationale Brownfie tation Credit 3 1 Ye bl?ic Transpor s Pu n, tio ta or No evaluations will probably require neutral input from a third party, similar for his opinion that LEED-rated buildings use more energy than non-rated sp ternative Tran anging Rooms orage & Chto St Credit 4.1thatAl 1 cle cy Bi n, the findings of the National Building Institute. As the NBI notes, its buildings. He also emphasizes any claims to greenness need to be sups s ansportatio cletal Pr ient ct Vehi To (Pre-Certification Estima Alternative Tr el Efficoje Fu & g in edit 4.2performance, itt m tes 1 year-long study “is the first formal look at LEED building performance ported by data based onCractual not predicted performance, -E ) tation, Low Certified: 26-32 points ative Transpor rn te Al y 3 Silv 4. cit er: and suggests significant opportunities for program improvement.” and is disdainful of the marketing focus of many green projects since, Credit 1 33-38 points Gold: 39n, Parking Capa

69 Poi

51 points Platinum: sportatio 52-69 poi ternative Tran e Habitat Credit 4.4 Al or 1 st Re or t ec ot Pr t, en pm lo Yes te Deve ? en SpacNo e Credit 5.1 Si 1 t, Maximize Op en pm lo ve De te Si 2 5. it Sustainable Sites Cred 1 Control sign, Quantity ormwater De Credit 6.1 St 14 Poin l 1 ro Yen,s Quality Cont Prereq 1 mwater Desig Construction Activity or St 2 6. it Pol Cred 1 lution Prevention ct, Non-Roof Credit 1 Requir Site Selection at Island Effe Credit 7.1 He 1 of Ro , ct fe Ef Cre dit nd 2 Development Density at Isla & Community Connec Credit 7.2 He tivity Reduction n tio Cre dit llu 3 Po t Bro gh wnfield Redevelopme Li 8 it ed nt Cr Credit 4.1 Alternativ e Transportation, Public Transportation Credit 4.2 Alternativ ints However, there 5 Portoatio e Transp is no denying that as he states, they often don’t truly n, Bicycle Storage & Cha nging Rooms Credit 4.3 Alternativ o N LEED has experienced save energy. He is critical of a New e Transportation, ? 1 Low-Emitting & Fuel Effi unparalleled cy Yes en ci fi Ef t Vehicles ater Credit 4.4 Alternativ partly becausecien environmenBuilding Institute report, W “Energy e Transportation,1success, % 50 by ce Par du kin g Re Cap acit y been balanced with tal concerns have Performance of LEED for New Con- Water Efficient Landscaping, Credit 5.1 Irrigation ble Use or No Site Development, Protect or1 Restore Habitat Credit 1.1 aping, No Pota Cre market realities. More will need to be struction Buildings,” that compares sc nd La nt ie fic dit 5.2 Site Developm ent 1.2 Water Ef , Ma xim es Credituse ize gi 1Openon lo done allcefronts, but the structure of measurements of actual energy Spa ater Techno Credit 6.1 Stormwater vative Wastew no 1 In De 2 sig it n, Qu USGBC has been wisely established to by LEED-rated projects withCr those of ed antity1Control % Reduction Credit 6.2 Stormwater e Reduction, 20 Us er at 1 W take advantage of this re-evaluation similar building types thatCr haven’t Design, Quality Contro edit 3.1 ion l n, 30% Reduct Credit 7.1 Heat Island Use Reductio and has grown because been LEED-rated. Gifford claims er at 1 W 2 Eff 3. ect, Non-Roof approach 4 Credit of 1 08 y 20 Ma : ied dif Mo recently by Michele Van Hyfte, AIA, an experienced the data is not properly interpreted by NBI and the results are skewed in Creofditit.7.2As explained Last Heat Island 1 Effect, Roo planner in fAustin, “The number of municipalities, favor of the LEED-rated buildings. NBI responded in kind, defending its CreLEED-accredited dit 8 Light Pollution Reduct 1 ion counties, and states, not to mention the GSA, who have adopted LEED is interpretations and emphasizing that the overall intent of its effort is to 1 phenomenal. 324 different public entities have adopted LEED as a standard re-evaluate and issue updated reports to reflect what is learned over time,

With the ‘industry’ as its membership, can the USGBC be sufficiently critical to make real improvements to LEED?

s for building performance…. USGBC set the stage, gave the actors a script and therefore help to improve the LEED system.Ye While it is? fairly easy No to an audience who is listening. LEED made environmentally friendly measure energy use, since power companies keep track to bill customers, Waand ter Efficiency design and energy efficiency tangible and gave our industry a language the fact remains that it is very difficult to interpret the results because 5 Points to speak with.” so many variables come into play. For example, if the owner or users of a Credit 1.1 Water Efficient Lan dscaping, Reduceofby Indeed, within an increasing number public and private communibuilding leave windows open, don’t change filters, disable controls, etc., 50% Credit 1.2 Water Efficie 1 nt Lan dscaping,design ties, the awareness of sustainable has increased and its marketthen consistent results are affected. Nevertheless, Gifford says it would No Potabl e Use or No Irrigation 2 1 ovative Waand ability isInn recognized sought by property owners. Crucial to this market be better to have a rating system that has an ability to accurately test the Credit stewater Technologies 3.1 Water Use transformation isRed theuct fact that it is driven by users and owners, although results of the design after completion as well as yearly. Then, if the project Credit 1 ion, 20% Reduction are challenging whether the transformation is actually producing fails to comply with original goals the rating is revoked until compliance Creditsome 3.2 Water Use Reduct 1 ion, 30% Reduction projects that are more green and use less energy. The next act for the is reached. Since much of the current focus on green has to do with per1 green community is to address a radically different marketplace, the one ception vis a vis marketing, the revocation would have to be advertised now being wrought by peak oil and global warming—issues the market or disseminated somehow. While the intent seems valid, this approach Last Modified: May 200 8 1 of has never before encountered. With severe crises on the near horizon could be problematic. in multiple directions, the transformation will need to be deeper, more nuanced, and from the heart. LEED Leads the Way While such opinions may sting a bit, this kind of discourse is sorely needed. An underlying sentiment expressed by some observers is that Lars Stanley, AIA, and Lauren Woodward Stanley, AIA, are principals of Stanley Architects & Artisans USGBC, because its membership comprises representatives of the in Austin. Lars Stanley is a LEED accredited professional.

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