LEED ND and Affordable Housing

Shouldn’t the best known “green standards” in the world also promote affordability?

Critics say LEED-ND, in its current draft, discourages participating developers from alloting dollars into expensive energy-efficient affordable housing if their payback is, at most, four points out of a possible 106. They worry the point system, and any resulting developer disincentives, will get ingrained in municipal law books if local governments continue to adopt LEED standards at unprecedented rates — all at a time, they add, when the growing gap between wages and mortgages is creating an affordable housing crisis regionally and nationally.

Source: Critics say new green rating hurts affordable housing

This has been a question of mine with the original LEED – why does it cost so much when the NSW government in Australia was able to undertake a web based planning and approvals system for buildings that had minimal administrative fees, (see Basix).

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.