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.