Like so many of the eco-socialist’s “beliefs”, this one was easily dispelled
Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research byÂ Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good.
The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didnâ€™t receive this green stamp of approval.
LEED is the brainchild of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private environmental group.
Washington, D.C.â€™s Department of Environment made the capital the first city in the nation to mandate LEED certifications in the construction of public buildings. The standards are now being phased in.
The results are measured in EUIâ€™s, a unit that relates a buildingâ€™s energy consumption to its size; the higher the number, the more energy is expended by a smaller building.
Take the Green Building Councilâ€™s Washington headquarters. Replete with the groupâ€™s top green-energy accolade, the platinum LEED certification, the USGBCâ€™s main base comes in at 236 EUI. The average EUI for uncertified buildings in the capital? Just 199.
Certified buildingsâ€™ average comes in at 205 EUI, still less efficient than that didnâ€™t take home the ultimate green trophy.
But I am sure that the “green” businesses that make up the USGBC made a decent chuck of change in getting developers and builders to fall for their trophy.