We have all seen the show MythBusters, right? The science entertainment program that has answered questions ranging from “So exactly how hard is it to find a needle in a haystack?” (not very hard if you use a sufficiently powered metal detector), and “Can water dripping on your forehead actually make you nuts?” (not if you are relaxed and unrestrained).
Well, we decided to run our own MythBusters on common questions about high performance and LEED Certified buildings, and the answers from the experts might surprise you.
We can almost always certify a building with zero increase in construction cost. This is because, in most places, building codes are at or above the LEED performance thresholds.
Sure, and you can also eat at a restaurant that hasn’t passed health code. Self-reporting is notoriously unreliable. The point of certification programs is to validate compliance.
Just because you can do something doesn’t make it a good use of time. According to data from Above Green, the average project takes 3-5 experts 500-750 hours to get done.
LEED doesn’t make buildings green, good designers make them that way, but LEED is an internationally recognized label that verifies the overall environmental quality of the building.
Before climate change became such a polarizing topic in American politics, green building used to be thought of as smart best practices. Ever wonder why all US Federal projects require compliance with LEED Certification or other Third Party Verification standards? You can thank George W. Bush for Executive Order 13423.