Beyond LEED, Part 1
Twenty years ago, few people recognized the need for concern about the negative environmental impact of building construction and the contribution that existing buildings make toward environmental pollution in the course of their regular, daily operations. Nevertheless, the damage done by the twentieth century’s burgeoning boon of construction was there for all to see: lost forests and wildlife habitat, polluted streams, and landfills full of construction materials, along with buildings that streamed pollutants and gobbled energy, most designed to meet only the bare minimum environmental standards set by government regulators. The mid-1990s saw an awakened awareness of this problem and development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System® (“LEED”). The LEED standards, once so revolutionary and advanced, are now providing a platform from which the next generation of green building standards are springing to life.