Shocked! Shocked, I tell you! The New York Times reports that not all LEED certified buildings are energy-efficient. Some even use more than their peers. As mentioned in a previous post, this is something that Henry Gifford has been pounding LEED on for years (See Camden Watts’s discussion of this.)
“Green” is more than landscaping or bamboo (although I just used bamboo flooring in my on home–on the ceiling in my bathroom). And whether in a large commercial building or a single-family home or somewhere in between, the performance details matter. It isn’t green if it doesn’t make your home safer, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient–in other words, a well-performing home.
Because you find a lot of folks hawking “green” audits these days, we’re putting together a short video on some of the key performance issues to look at. Hopefully we’ll have something for you to look at within the next week.