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A new study from Carnegie Mellon University found federal buildings with an energy efficiency certification managed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are not using less energy, potentially due to “trade-offs” in how their energy score is developed.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program was launched in 1998 by the USGBC, and obtaining that certification is a tool the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) utilizes in its efforts to save energy.
USGBC defended the LEED program, pointing to other studies indicating certified buildings are consuming significantly less energy. And, “anecdotally we sometimes hear that renovated green buildings often are used much more than previously,” USGBC Senior Policy Counsel Elizabeth Beardsley said in an email.