What has happened to LEED?

“LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.”

Let me start by saying that I’m a huge fan of LEED.  LEED offers building inhabitants and visitors a safer structure with greater sustainability practices and better standards for overall operation.  Why then have commercial landlords reduced their LEED build sites?  Why are there fewer conversions from typical Class A office buildings to LEED approved facilities?  Landlords in the past have had to initiate LEED programs for buildings to attract long term tenants and to get greater commitments from larger companies.

Why then have building operators chosen to reduce their reliance on this wonderful initiative? Simply put- they haven’t needed to.  The commercial real-estate market has been hopping lately.  It’s challenging at best to get space, much less get better than average locations.  This will most likely go full circle, but this is just another example of yesterday’s best technology becoming todays reality.  Many of the best practices outlined in LEED programs have become day to day practice.  L.E.D. light bulbs, green cleaning products, etc.  Why establish a standard for the future then?  LEED most certainly will have to adapt to keep people on track with the programs.

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