A Quarter of New Certified Buildings Don't Meet LEEDS Requirements When Built

Troy and Holly Washington with their children on the rooftop garden of their building, The Verdesian, in Battery Park City. The NYTimes reports that not all green buildings are living are fulfilling their environmentally optimistic blueprint. The United States Green Building Council estimates that one quarter of the new designs don’t meet the specified energy useage and don’t track the savings.

Going forward, builders seeking the coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification will have to provide energy and water bills for the first five years of operation as a condition for certification. If the data isn’t produced, the label can be rescinded.