Green Building Rating System Has Gaps, Experts Testify

Law360, New York (May 8, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT) -- Experts at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on Tuesday criticized a widely used green building certification system for not considering the full environmental footprint of building materials, and also questioned whether such ratings accurately reflect energy savings over time.

John Scofield, a physics professor at Oberlin College, said there was a woeful lack of credible data on the actual energy performance of buildings certified through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. Scofield said his own study showed that LEED-certified new buildings do...
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