US contractors would consider LEED alternatives

Study shows popularity in green building alternatives to LEED certification is on the rise

LEED has led for years; will it soon be left behind?
LEED has led for years; will it soon be left behind?

According to a report released by Turner Construction, an increasing number of industry leaders are interested in alternatives to the traditional LEED rating system for sustainable building ratings.

It its 2014 Green Building Market Barometer report, Turner Construction says that interest in other systems, like the Green Globes, EnergyStar and a number of others, had shot up 250 percent in two years.

The study canvassed more than 300 executives and the results showed that, “Respondents expressed a significantly increased interest in alternative rating systems such as Green Globes, EnergyStar and others, with 43 percent of respondents saying they would be extremely or very likely to seek alternative certification [from LEED®], significantly more than the 2012 number of 17 percent.”

“The market for green building certification is clearly changing,” said Jerry Yudelson, president of the Green Building Initiative, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building practices.

“Building owners are more interested in cost-effective rating systems that help them to design and operate commercial properties. We view this as a positive sign for the future growth of the Green Globes family of green building rating systems.”

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), has dominated the green building certification market for a long time. It was the first certification system to successfully convince businesses that building green could be economical.

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