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High school targeted in first LEED certification appeal

June 14, 2010
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EAGLE RIVER, WI — Northland Pines High School, the first public high school to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating will go down in the annals of green building history as the target of the first third-party appeal of a LEED certification, according to GreenBiz.
Two engineers and five local citizens appealed the grant of LEED-Gold certification based on the school''s alleged failure to comply with the energy, commissioning and indoor air quality prerequisites, the article stated.
In April, the U.S. Green Building Council upheld the Northland Pines certification, stating: "After extensive review, USGBC and its consultants have no reason to believe that the project failed to meet all of the LEED prerequisites and credits that it has attempted. Thus, USGBC will not act to revoke certification or disallow any prerequisites or credits."
This week, the appellants, unsatisfied with USGBC''s review, issued a three-page reply, entitled "LEED Credibility Destroyed," saying that, "It is obvious that USGBC fails and refuses to acknowledge their inability to enforce and their unwillingness to support their intellectual property or defend their client''s property rights."
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