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January 17, 2014 -
Today's tip of the day is about the third LEED in Motion report that provides evidence that LEED buildings are more efficient than traditional.
The third LEED in Motion report — this one titled Impacts and Innovations — was released at Greenbuild 2013, and among its fascinating statistics (85 percent of LEED-EBOM certified buildings achieve the green cleaning credits), the report reveals details of a new study.
Between July 2012 and July 2013, USGBC analyzed more than 450 LEED certified projects, and determined that the projects, on average had an energy use intensity, of 31 percent lower than the national average. What's more, 404 of the 450 projects had an Energy Star score of 85 or higher.
That seems like pretty clear evidence that, for the most part, LEED buildings are, indeed, better performers than their non-green counterparts. Data continue to flow in — and USGBC is hammering home the point that they’re continuing to collect and analyze data — but it seems increasingly clear that at least one of the major criticisms of LEED (that's its buildings are the same as traditional buildings) is baseless.