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Advantages and Disadvantages of LEED

Posted by: Bhushan Avastthi | Posted on: June 26th, 2013

Green modeling has become very popular as days have gone by. But we have forgotten single most factor that affects green modeling i.e., LEED. This article will let you look closely at LEED and offer advantages and disadvantages associated with it. LEED also has gained prominence but there are certain points that need to be analyzed before looking forward to LEED. LEED has made green modeling the future of building and we have already seen the impact of it. Already architects are realizing the big benefits that can be derived from LEED and they are going to make it more popular as days go on. But it is also dangerous as there are lots of loopholes in LEED too that needs to be discussed into detail before going forward with it in full-fledge.

Advantages and Disadvantages of LEED

LEED was created to make environmental friendly buildings but at what cost? Let us first of all look at some of the advantages of LEED:

  • USGBC Delivered High-Priority Standards that Gave Green Modeling Acknowledgement: Calling a building green without setting prior standards would be a big mistake. Therefore, USGBC has delivered high priority standards that gave green modeling acknowledgement.
  • LEED Gave a Universal Approach to Being Green: LEED was born to evaluate building throughout its lifecycle. LEED contained a point system that was based on the idea to earn points throughout the key areas of the building. This gave a universal approach for buildings across the globe to go green.
  • LEED Gave an Opportunity to Businessmen to Make Green Design as a Systematic Investment: Earlier; environmental friendly materials were not regarded as legalized building. But after LEED this investment was made legalized. It was a long term investment with long term cost savings.

Let us Now Look at Some of the Disadvantages of LEED:

  • LEED Does not Recognize Innovation of Building: LEED has become a status symbol rather than a means to create environmental friendly building. With the point system; architectures are more concerned about earning more points than creating environmental friendly buildings. Along with this fact; LEED provides 4 bonus points for innovative designs. But there is no parameter to gauge the innovativeness of a building. Hence; you are bound to lose even if you have created the most innovative green building. This is a big minus point of LEED.
  • LEED is a Time Consuming Affair: It takes time to understand LEED and it is such a time consuming affair that you can spend weeks familiarizing with it. The other option is to spend money to hire a consultant. The other potential drawback is the high fees for registration and certification along with commissioning fees. This makes it very difficult preposition for the architects to invest in LEED itself.
  • LEED Does not Take Into Consideration Context and Performance of the Building: LEED itself is a very laughable concept because no matter how unsustainable the building is, or unsustainable building can even get LEED certification. LEED is a design tool and not a performance evaluation tool for buildings. Although LEED certified buildings can resort to energy perseverance and water use there is no guarantee that it is being followed.

About Author:

Bhushan Avsatthi

Bhushan Avsatthi is a senior manager, consultant, BIM expert and a green building advisor with more than 15 years of industry experience. Bhushan imbibes the prophecy of efficient and prudent use of energy in his day to day life and advices his team to do so as well. He is also involved in green initiatives like nonprofit tree plantation project and promotes using cycles for commuting small distances. Bhushan, handles a team of architects, Structural and MEP engineers, LEED consultants and Energy modeling experts.