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LEED Certification Criticized

EUGENE, Ore. — As more buildings all across the country boast LEED certification, there’s criticism that it’s just too easy to be considered green anymore.

There are several different LEED levels–Certification, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

To become certified, a building has to have at least 40 of the green requirements on the LEED checklist. Some companies now hire consultants to find the cheapest items on the checklist. That’s why some critics say it’s *too easy to be green.

“There’s some truth to that. To get to the ‘Certified’ level has gotten pretty easy. We see a lot of buildings that have a LEED plaque that I look at and I roll my eyes a little bit,” said Fred Tepfer, UO Campus Planner.

The University of Oregon has many Gold and Platinum certified buildings, including the new Lewis Integrative Science Center.

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  1. jason marks says:

    Of course the UofO deserves an “eye roll”… after all, its free tax payer money and donor money they use to get the top level LEED certification.

    Didn’t cost Fred Tepfer one cent out of his pocket to get one single item LEED rated.

    The same reason why the UofO has solid copper gutters. Its free money.

    Sort of.

    Good grief, what a biatch.

  2. Fred Tepfer says:

    It’s hard to know how to comment on Mr. Marks reaction to my quote (which, by the way, was taken out of context in the article). I assume that Mr. Marks pays his share of the “free tax money” that paid for less than half of the cost of this building. I also pay a fair amount to the state every year, definitely more than “one cent out of his pocket”.

    Why does the UO invest in high-performance buildings? State law and current political sentiment support investing that money wisely in a building that uses less energy (saving tax dollars), lasts longer (saving tax dollars), makes the occupants more efficient (saving tax dollars), and provides all of the other benefits of a high-performance building at only a slightly higher cost. Since more than half of the building cost was provided by donors, the State of Oregon got this at less than $0.50 on the dollar. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

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