New York Times Op-Ed Doesn't "LEED Us Astray"—Too Much
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Today's op-ed piece in the New York Times presents a remarkably balanced viewpoint on LEED and green building issues. Unfortunately it also has a major blindspot. First, the good points about the article, "Don't LEED Us Astray" (I love it ... A better solution would be for any building that receives taxpayer support as a result of its LEED-NC certification, to follow through on that with enrollment and at least a Silver certification in the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) rating system. LEED-EBOM builds naturally on LEED-NC, giving points for things like energy and water metering, and creates a framework for sustainable operations, from energy use to water use to purchasing and solid waste management. LEED-EBOM also works with a process of continual re-certification and performance improvement. Buildings that don't keep up their green practices can lose certification—a clear trigger, if one is needed, for municipalities who might be looking to assign penalties. LEED-EBOM is quickly moving from the dark horse of the LEED rating systems to one of the most popular, what with the new focus on green operations. I hope the New York Times recognizes it in its next op-ed coverage of LEED. Finally, congratulations to the team behind One Bryant Park for official recognition of their LEED Platinum office tower, the first in the nation—and the occasion for the article. It's a landmark building, one that has come up in our coverage of how it makes ice at night to cool itself , and in a great EBN article on financing green buildings . For more on the details of the LEED-EBOM system, I would encourage readers to check out LEEDuser, BuildingGreen's LEED project help tool. Here's a list of the LEED-EBOM credits , with links to summaries of key requirements and documentation samples.