In addition to clarifying the LEED 25% guideline, Rob Watson also had some interesting points regarding regulations that required LEED certification.*
First, Watson made a great point about governments requiring municipal projects to achieve LEED certification: "As far as municipalities requiring their own buildings to go LEED, that’s an owner decision and no problem. Municipally-funded projects are in a similar vein." I wholly agree with Watson.
I still remain concerned about private development LEED mandates. Watson indicated he also has similar concerns: "It gets a bit dicey when talking about broader mandates because we designed LEED as a market-leading standard and there is concern about the market’s ability to respond on a very broad level. As penetration of green accelerates, I believe this will become less of a problem."
What do you think? Can LEED mandates for private projects work?
*To be clear, Watson was speaking to me as the CEO of The EcoTech International Group. He was not speaking on behalf of the USGBC.