From the Foreword by Pamela Lippe, LEED Fellow. While many have argued that the USGBC should simplify its approach and engage a broader segment of the market, LEED’s strategy has instead subtly shifted from market transformation to leadership recognition, in a way that is leaving the industry mostly “LEEDerless.” Getting a smaller and smaller segment of the population to jump higher and higher is not going to get us where we need to go.
In the Save the Planet—Zero Net Carbon scenario, we propose to abandon all efforts to load up green building’s definition with anything other than reducing buildings’ carbon impact; we reconstruct all rating systems to reflect the carbon life-cycle. Take a look at what that would entail!
Reinventing Green Building proposes moving quickly toward zero net energy developments by giving energy use at least 50 percent of all credits in future rating systems, using a Zero Energy Performance Index devised in 2009 by engineer Charles Eley.
The one book the green building movement needs to read...
Reinventing Green Building is a unique insider’s critique of why certified green buildings are failing to provide large-scale carbon reduction. It is a potent vision for the future that the green building industry needs NOW.