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'Twas a Matter of Time: Builders May Buy LEED Certification

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Another day, another carbon emissions voucher: San Francisco design firm Walker-Warner Architects done gone and partnered with Village Green Energy to launch a "streamlined" process that enables green builders to earn credit toward the LEED certification by purchasing off-site renewable energy credits from the Sunnyvale Power Generation Facility. Hmmm. Is this rule kinda-sorta akin to the teensy-weensy loophole that allows developers can buy their way out of building affordable housing by paying a per-unit fee? Not quite, we suppose, but still ... Thom Mayne, there is hope for you yet, old boy.
· Village Green Energy Supports Green Building Development with Renewable Energy [PR Web]