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USGBC: No Such Thing as LEED Decertification?

In light of two recent articles discussing the interplay of LEED 2009′s Minimum Program Requirements, decertification, and the ongoing Northland Pines High School certification challenge proceeding, it’s worth revisiting these topics in greater detail to clarify some misconceptions that have persisted over the past few months, particularly after remarks in response to those articles from USGBC.

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Brooklyn’s 100 Gold Street Condos: Certifiably Green, But Not Certified LEED

Back in 2009, Stephen delivered a nice post on 100 Gold Street, a green low-rise condominium development in Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill designed by Anthony Morena’s REDD Group. The list of green features at100 Gold Street will be familiar to gbNYC readers — you’ve got your dual-flush toilets and your low-VOC and recycled and locally sourced finishes and your Energy Star appliances and so on — but are no less impressive for their familiarity. Just because those green finishes and fixtures are frequently seen at gbNYC doesn’t mean they’re ubiquitous by any stretch, and 100 Gold had (and still has) a legit claim as both the first green condominium in Vinegar Hill and one of the greener condominium developments in Brooklyn. What it doesn’t have is any intention of pursuing LEED certification that might attest to that. In his post on 100 Gold, Stephen wrote, “I’m curious about the decision-making process for each of these two developers in opting to market their projects as “green” and “eco-friendly” rather than pursuing formal certification and applying the LEED brand to their marketing materials.” Now, thanks to a report by New York One’s Shazia Khan, we have an answer from Morena himself.

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