Skanska CEO: LEED can lead to profits

Green buildings, built to LEED standards, are the "intersection of [responsibility to customers and shareholders] and profitability" for companies, writes Mike McNally, president and CEO of Skanska USA. He claims that the group advocating against LEED v4, citing its standard on chemicals, is more interested in securing their businesses than in sustainability. "Some materials will always be more environmentally responsible than others, and that will affect some companies' profits," McNally writes. "But another separate standard for government work would put a severe halt on the progress of green building in this country, and add cost in the process."

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