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LEED: Is the Bloom Off The Rose?
The next generation of the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) rating system will be released this year, and the groundwork is well underway. But this next version feels like a step back from the original, argues Don Peifer, LD+A columnist and creative director for Doki, an industrial design firm specializing in lighting. "The original LEED offering was the face that launched a thousand ships, a marketing gambit that incentivized stakeholders to 'go green,' and man did it work," he says. "Companies—in order to show consumers they cared—scrambled for LEED points, while design professionals took the test for accreditation. In the process, much was learned about everything from low-flush toilets to green roofs. The fact that "LEED Platinum" became such an enduring early millennial status symbol was both powerful and elevating. It seemed that priorities were finally lining up in this brick and mortar industry of ours."
Moreover, Peifer is dismayed about LEED's missed opportunity. The next version "feels like a step backwards. What was wonderful about LEED 1.0 was its holistic approach to the built environment. It considered all the components and their installed, in-situ impact. It endeavored—in the metrics it chose to champion—to make people think outside of the vacuum of individual specification sheets and consider the big picture. Version 2.0 drops us right back in the morass. . . .The next step in LEED should be a drilling down to the level of personalized environments with the recognition that what will benefit the individual will benefit society."