The US Green Building Council has readied its new headquarters and the Council is now seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification. Interestingly, it is the USGBC that has devised the Green Building Rating System and it now remains to be seen how the council will maintain transparency here.
It may be a case where the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) will review the surroundings to evaluate the LEED worthy surroundings. Now considering that the GBCI shares the office with USGBC, we are not very certain of the transparency.
The wiser option is to focus on the credentials of the structure and decide for ourselves. As per the CEO of USGBC, this space was created to exemplify everything an LEED building should have: high-performing, resource-efficient, healthy and productive.
Given the certification this building seeks, it will have energy saving options in place, where water efficiency will also be a priority. Co2 emissions will also be reduced and there will be better indoor environmental quality along with stewardship of resources and sensitivity to the impact they have.