LEED is it really Green?

LEED is it really Green?

Thu, 18 September, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner

Lately I have been looking around at all the GREEN things that have been going on and it has caused me to wonder. Are we any where close to where we need to be. Granted, green is now a household word, which in itself is a remarkable feat. But, are we getting anywhere with all this?

Yesterday, I was reading an article " Is LEED misleading? " by Dustin Block/Dolan, Media Newswire, in Housing Zone,  and they brought up some interesting issues about LEED certification and what it really means. Is it really helping the environment be GREEN? I think that is a question that not many of us even ask ourselves, we just assume, of course it is. In the article they said "Of the almost 1,600 LEED-certified buildings in the U.S., 86 are platinum and 465 are gold. More than 1,000 are either silver or certified, LEED's two lowest honors." "Which is why Kaufmann, co-owner of the green-building Pragmatic Construction in Milwaukee, Wis., struggled to answer: Can a building be LEED certified without being green? 'It depends on your definition of green,' Kaufmann said. 'Truly, I would not accept anything less than gold [as proof] you're really doing [green] things. Anything less is tinkering around the edges or tacking things on. '"

Interesting, so out of all the LEED certifications that are currently on the books, according to Kaufman only 86 would truly qualify as being "GREEN"? It really does make you stop and wonder. Is there more that we can be doing? Is the system too complex and tedious? How can we do more and still remain competitive? All food for thought. I don't have the answer, but hopefully some day soon, someone will.