LEED-Certified: Meeting the Challenges of Building Green
New Jersey Lawyer
In the shadow of New York City's second tallest skyscraper, which was recently awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) highest level of certification under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system (LEED), many are questioning just how eco-friendly LEED-certified buildings really are. Despite LEED being the nationally accepted benchmark for high-performance green building, some are beginning to argue that LEED certification "could end up putting a shiny green stamp on a generation of unsustainable buildings." In fact, there is pending litigation in federal court alleging the USGBC fraudulently misrepresents the energy efficiency of LEED buildings, and that LEED certification does not verify the actual energy performance.