Green Buildings Worth 13% More

November 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Research on Green Buildings is growing. A recent and apparently comprehensive study by a Dutch researcher identifies a number of benefit, for owners and developers, of green building. This is borne out in my own experience. We have been working with a real estate investment trust to assess their portfolio for potential LEED EB certification. They have said that non-green buildings are headed for rapid obsolescence. This research was reported in Environmental Building News under the title Non-Green Office Buildings Sacrifice 8% in Rent Revenues. The direct link is at Sustainable Property Research.

Issues with admin changes in LEED

November 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Interesting post from Real Life LEED about LEED’s energy reporting requirements that highlights the less than rigorous process for updating LEED policies and guides.

My biggest complaint with the LEED … is how … administrative changes are handled. Changes to supporting documents … “seem to occur randomly and there’s no system to easily see changes as they occur or to determine what requirements are in place when a project is registered.”

LEED is the Worst, Part IV: its Authorities Aren’t

November 12, 2010 § 3 Comments

Winston Churchill“…democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried…” 1 ~ Winston Churchill

Change a few words and the Prime Minister’s commentary on democracy could easily be applied to LEED. The USGBC’s system is barely ten years old, yet it has been has been remarkably successful in transforming the public’s view of architecture and the market for architectural goods.

But on the way to greatness the good folks at USGBC decided to anoint a massive cadre of eager but largely inexperienced green building enthusiasts as masters of the craft. And they did it in a way that, in my view, fundamentally misleads building owners.

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Free IECC and ASHRAE Standards

November 2, 2010 § 1 Comment

Two important energy standards are now available for free download:

The International Energy Conservation Code forms the basis for many municipal energy codes in the US, including Chicago. The most recent version, for 2009, is available for free at the ICC Store

The ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, which LEED uses as it’s baseline energy standard, is also available as a free download. Find it at the ASHRAE Bookstore.

Both sites requires user registration, but that seems like a small price to pay for these important works.

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