Where is LEED taking us?
Freakonomics, first a book and now a syndicated column, brings up topics and makes you go, ‘Huh, I never thought of it that way before…’
One of the recent posts, titled, “Green Building: LEEDing Us Where?” did just that. In the green building industry, we all focus on LEED and sustainability and improving the overall output of a building. But is it enough?
“We have built our country as we have built it,” writes Owen, “and we’re obviously not going to tear it down and start over.”
This is true. So what does that mean? Using LEED as a guide, I think we can inspire great change in the way we do things, starting with our buildings. Just resting on our “green building” laurels isn’t going to cut it in the long run. So yea, your building is “smart” and can sense when you leave a room, thus turning off the lights. But if you are leaving to hop into your oversized SUV and drive 2 blocks to the nearest coffee house to big up an Ã¼ber-large drink in a disposable cup and then driving another block to drop off your dry cleaning, there is a disconnect.
How can we take what we are learning through LEED and other initiatives in green building and take it to the next level in our everyday lives?