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According to an interesting piece at ENN, while the LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is helping to make buildings in the United States greener and more energy efficient, the program goals aren't focused enough on factors relating to human health.

 

The piece notes, "LEED's major accomplishments — saving energy by making buildings more airtight — has had the paradoxical effect of more effectively trapping the gases emitted by the unprecedented number of chemicals used in today’s building materials and furnishings."

 

The author of this article says he recently met with Green Building Council executives who stated that LEED is a program totally focused on energy efficient futures but seemingly have no interest in looking at human health and how its affected by hazardous chemicals.

 

If you're a LEED advocate, this is a really interesting read. Actually there are three good related pieces...