Tuesday LEED Links

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One Response to Tuesday LEED Links

  1. Green In Portland Friday, May 11, 2007 at 1:17 am #

    According to the Portland Business Journal, LEED is getting some competition.

    Battle of the greens
    A rival to the popular LEED program emerges

    A young Portland company aims to break the monopoly the powerful U.S. Green Building Council wields when it comes to certifying sustainable buildings.

    Lake Oswego-based Green Building Initiative, a nonprofit formed in 2004 with money from the timber industry, is bringing a popular Canadian sustainability program to America. Green Globes, as the Canadian program is known, is that nation’s equivalent to the U.S. Green Building Council’s prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, or LEED, which has become the de facto domestic “green” building standard.

    Green Building’s leaders argue that the U.S. edition of Green Globes is Web-based, interactive and inexpensive when compared with LEED certification. They claim LEED certification is a challenging undertaking that requires a commitment of both money and time to complete.

    “We believe there needed to be some rating systems out there that were easy to use and affordable and would attract the attention of builders,” said Ward Hubbell, president of GBI.

    Hubbell and his team enjoy casting Green Globes in the role of hipster, implying that LEED is stodgy and cumbersome. At the same time, GBI says it admires LEED and simply wants to bring a new, easy-to-use set of interactive tools to the green-building movement.

    “There is room in the marketplace for lots of players,” he said.

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