ITS EASY BEING GREEN?
In the recent article "It's Way Too Easy Being Green" on Slate.com author Daniel Brook discusses some of the possible loopholes in USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, he writes “The point system creates perverse incentives to design around the checklist rather than to build the greenest building possible”
While this article is bound to create some controversy, Brook believes a bright spot is in USBG's pilot program with the Congress for the New Urbanism, saying "The USGBC seems to realize the solution lies not in giving out medals for greenness one building at a time, but in encouraging greener communities."
Also, the article quotes CNU Board member and longtime sustainable architecture guru Doug Kelbaugh on whether he plans to seek LEED certification for a major new addition to the architecture school building at the University of Michigan.
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