A new building rating system known as Green Globes has emerged as a simpler, less expensive alternative to LEED certification.
“LEED is a good process,” said Byron Courts, director of engineering services for Portland’s Melvin Mark Companies. But it represents “a huge bureaucracy that’s extremely complex and costs quite a bit.”
Courts has used both LEED and Green Globes, which has issued about 850 building certifications in the past few years and recently has picked up support from the federal government.
LEED supporters say the emerging opposition comes from lobbyists seeking to damage the industry leader and increase the prominence of Portland-based Green Globes.
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