In September of 2009, The New York Times published an article about how “Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label.” The article describes how some buildings aren’t necessarily as energy efficient as a LEED Certification might make it seem. While this may be true in certain cases, the article never goes on to describe the myriad of other LEED-certified buildings that are, in fact, very energy efficient, that generate their own electricity and lead the way in showing what a sustainable green world can look like.
You only need look at the town of Greensburg, KS. I admit this is a nod to a place that is near and dear to my heart, but it is wonderful example of the power of LEED and how it can change the way we build. I appreciate the debate about the effectiveness of LEED, and I acknowledge that there are some inherent issues with the system, but let’s not discourage its use. In a perfect world we would implement these strategies naturally, but since we don’t, it’s nice to have a system that allows for more sustainable strategies.