LEED appeal slips

Design and construction professionals still value green building, but LEED support is falling.

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92% of design and construction professionals in 2009 said they still support green building, according to a national survey.

But support for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification dropped 16% from 2007, likely caused by the cost of meeting LEED standards.

“I was surprised to see LEED continuing to slip,” [survey author Bryan Jackson of Allen Matkins] said. “But in this economy, a lot of people say it costs money to get certified. And if they think they built to the level of LEED, they’re not going to spend money and effort for a seal of approval from the U.S. Green Building Council.”

Portland architect Clark Brockman of SERA Architects said the decline in national support of certification could be the result of tight economic conditions and a lack of information about the actual costs of building to LEED standards. He also said the Northwest is generally more supportive than the rest of the country.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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