The faithful's zeal for this dogma is so strong that the imperious high potentates of environmentalism formed a dicastery to certify orthodox green buildings. It's called the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
To fulfill its mission, USGBC members have formulated credal tenets--called the "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" (LEED) standards--that architects and builders must implement in their buildings if they are to qualify for LEED certification.
Got it? Comply with dogma or you'll be accused of waging war on the environment.
An article in the Daily Caller reports that LEED-certified buildings use more energy than non-LEED buildings. Worse yet, USGBC's building in Washington, DC--which received the "platinum" level of certification (the highest possible score)--uses more energy than other non-LEED buildings. A recent study conducted by the Environmental Policy Alliance confirmed that buildings in DC receiving LEED certification use more energy than the buildings are not certified.
How is this possible?
LEED assigns grades based upon ideal conditions (for example, occupants shut off lights and turn off computers before leaving work at at night). LEED doesn't examine the actual use of energy once the building is occupied.
It ends up that LEED is a scam.
Even though DC boasts the largest number of energy-inefficient, LEED-certified green buildings in the United States, DC officials don't seem to care very much about the hypocrisy.
Since 2010, DC has collected $5.2M in permit fees for the program.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Daily Caller article, click on the following link:
"Report: D.C.'s Green-Approved Buildings Using More Energy."