The True Cost of LEED-Certified Green Buildings

Vamosi, Stephen J.
January 2011
Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering;Jan2011, Vol. 83 Issue 1, p10
The article presents factors that contribute to the higher cost of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) of green buildings in the U.S. One is the construction-related expenses because it can increase a project's cost by about 10 to 30%. Another is site clearing and debris separation because contractors spend more money and lots of time are wasted. Another is the post-construction monitoring as it adds up thousands of dollars worth of computer hardware, software and sensors.


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