Stricter LEED Could Hike Project Costs, Send Gov't Running

Law360, New York (June 26, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT) -- A newly proposed building code standard could drive up the costs of development projects by discouraging the use of many construction materials and prompt the government to pull its backing of the popular LEED green building rating system, sending a major ripple effect through the private sector, experts say.

At the center of the issue is LEED v4, an update to the popular green building rating system run by nonprofit trade organization the U.S. Green Building Council. While still in its draft stages, the new standard...
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