Saturday, November 11, 2006

GSA Report Finds LEED is the Best Building Rating System

By: staff - Thursday, October 12, 2006

A 55-page report prepared for the U.S. General Services Administration in July 2006, found LEED® to be "the most appropriate and credible sustainable building rating system available for evaluation of GSA projects," according to a September 15th letter from Lurita Doan, Administrator of the GSA Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, to Senator Christopher Bond (R-MO), that became widely available in early October.
The GSA study rated the applicability, stability, objectivity and availability of the following systems: LEED, BREEAM (UK), GBTool (Europe/IISBE), CASBEE (Japan) and Green Globes™. According to Doan’s letter, the report’s authors, from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) concluded that LEED:

is applicable to all GSA project types

tracks the quantifiable aspects of sustainable design and building performance

is verified by trained professionals

has a well-defined system for incorporating updates; and

is the most widely used rating system in the U.S. market.

Editor’s Note: This report should put to rest any controversy about which rating system project teams should use for commercial and institutional projects. The jury is still out on the best rating system for low-rise and single-family residential projects.

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