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Use LEED as a guide, not a bible

September 02, 2010
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SEATTLE, WA — Green building and sustainable design become more important to the architecture and engineering industry each year, according to the Daily Journal of Commerce.
Many design professionals dread the extra time, effort, paperwork and expense necessary to pursue the verification afforded by the U.S. Green Building Council''s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification — to the point where they''d rather avoid green building completely, the article stated.
According to the article, the best interests of the project, not third-party verification, should be the ultimate goal, say architects, engineers, construction managers and consultants who have worked on successful green building projects.
"Don''t get bogged down in LEED points. Decide what''s best for the site, the owner and the project. And then disregard LEED points if they aren''t what’s best," says Sam Batchelor, project manager at designLAB Architects in Boston and project architect for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) world headquarters building in Yarmouth Port, MA.
"LEED provides a great framework for evaluation and comparing buildings but it''s in service of your goal, not the goal itself," Batchelor added.
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