Loyalty to particular industries has kept some rating systems from banning building materials and chemicals known to cause negative environmental or human health impacts. Other ratings systems are expensive and, some argue, too easily earned. Those certifications with the most rigorous standards are only attainable by those in the high-end market. Of all the industry leaders and organizations offering green building certification only thing is certain-they each think they are the best.
Here are the key fighters in the green building battle:
LEED: The US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was first launched in 2000 and works on a point system, offering the opportunity for projects to aim for a particular level of LEED ranging from basic certification to LEED Platinum. It is often the go-to for commercial infrastructure in the US.
Green Globes: The Green Building Initiative first introduced Green Globes in 2004 to 2005 with the aim of making a green building certification that is cheaper and faster than LEED. As Metropolis notes, however, the Green Globes award caters to industries such as timber ignored by other green building certification standards.
Living Building Challenge: Launched in 2006, the Living Building Challenge requires the highest standards in sustainable design and performance of buildings of the three. While this means those certified buildings might truly be greener, the certification is only of interest to the small part of the market with money and interest in building very green.
Which of the green building organizations comes out on top?
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