Here is Your Elevator Pitch Against “LEED Equivalent” Projects

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Here is Your Elevator Pitch Against “LEED Equivalent” Projects

There is a cost to "getting the plaque on the wall," but it is outweighed many-fold by the benefits. Photograph by Daniel Overbey.
There is a cost to “getting the plaque on the wall,” but it is outweighed many-fold by the benefits. Photograph by Daniel Overbey.

Originally published on December 6, 2016 by BNP Media through the Building Enclosure Blog.
Have you ever been asked to design or construct a project “to LEED’s standard” without actually submitting for certification? This can initially sound like an attractive idea to a client. After all, as long as the owner knows the project is aligned with LEED, why pay the funds to get a plaque on the wall?

 

Lack of Accountability with LEED Equivalent

The problem is, an owner has little assurance that a LEED equivalent project is truly aligned with the standard. The phrase “LEED equivalent” is a misnomer because there is an inherent lack of accountability in the absence of a third-party review. Most people will still assemble complete and accurate documents. A few may cheat the system. And a lot of people will get a little lazy and cut a few corners that they consider to be innocuous.

Without a third-party review, there is no way to ensure that the owner is receiving the LEED equivalent project they think they are paying for.

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