Research: LEED and the Military
New research confirms LEED helps the government save taxpayers money and meet environmental objectives.
Washington, D.C. (Feb. 15, 2013) — Today the Department of Defense released the findings of an independent report on energy efficiency and sustainability standards used by the Pentagon for military construction. The report strongly affirmed the value of LEED-certified high performing buildings to America’s military and U.S. taxpayers.
The following statement can be attributed to Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
“LEED has played a significant role in reducing energy and water bills in public sector buildings across the country, saving taxpayers money and contributing to the nation’s security. This important new independent study from the National Research Council concludes that the LEED green building certification program should continue to be used in Defense Department buildings to advance energy efficiency in construction and reduce operational costs.
Using LEED at Pentagon installations is a win-win proposition for the country and for the military personnel these buildings serve. While the study looked only at energy efficiency, LEED is a proven tool for also saving water, reducing waste and improving indoor environmental quality, benefitting the health and well being of building occupants, and certainly our military personnel deserve no less.
By using LEED, the Department of Defense is able to cut costs responsibly without endangering our nation’s military readiness. LEED is a critical tool for the Defense Department’s past, current and future energy savings.”
The report can found here. For more information on LEED-Certified buildings in the public sector, visit our website.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter and Facebook.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building program system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 51,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 9.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 135 countries. In addition, more than 32,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 95,000 more homes registered.
By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Learn more at usgbc.org/leed