How Energy Efficient are Green Certified Buildings?
Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013, 12:36 AM EDT
The most advanced, environmentally friendly and energy efficient buildings garner generous tax breaks from the government, however a new study shows that green buildings are not always better by design, but they are still racking up tax credits.
Developers of the greenest building can boast that they are LEED certified. LEED, otherwise known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designs, is the new standard and a generator of generous tax breaks.
But a recent study conducted by a Washington Examiner investigative reporter suggests otherwise. Luke Rosiak, measured the energy efficiency of LEED buildings in New York City and found that buildings with LEED certification were no more energy efficient than buildings built decades ago.
Rosiak says in many cases, the new buildings emitted far more greenhouse gas per square foot and carbon dioxide, leaving behind a larger carbon footprint.
The U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC, is a non-profit that oversees the LEED program. They declined a request for an interview.