Does LEED certification cause building projects to cost more?

09/5/2013 | Washington Times, The

Building projects in the U.S. strive to become LEED-certified, but earning the distinction doesn't always mean buildings are more energy-efficient and often increases construction costs, according to this Washington Times editorial. Federal, state and local government buildings are increasingly required to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED awards -- which can add as much as 20% to construction costs -- but "all that extra cash doesn't do anything to make the air cleaner," the editors argue.

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