18 February 2013 – It’s a weird world in the US where industry groups can lobby Congress and legislators against the use of the LEED environmental rating system, but that is exactly what’s been happening. In fact LEED rating of military buildings has been banned since 2011.

In news just out, however, the US National Research Council has come out in favour of using LEED Silver or its equivalent, as the preferred green building standard for the military.

A long-awaited report from the National Research Council gives the nod to LEED Silver ratings “or equivalent” for military buildings, an article in Building Green Bulletin said on Monday.

The report looked at a variety of methods of comparing costs and benefits and ultimately confirmed that LEED Silver certification is the preferred model for limiting costs and maximizing benefits.

“The timber and plastics industries have been pressuring legislators and agency policymakers to shun LEED for years. (Lloyd Alter’s fabulous ongoing coverage of that over at Treehugger is a must-read.)

“What’s new is that they’ve started succeeding at both the state and federal levels—most recently with a renewed congressional moratium on military LEED spending above the Siver level. (See Title XXVIII, Subtitle C—Energy Security.)

The LEED Gold ban may come to an end now that the Department of Defense (DoD) has provided Congress with the required cost-benefit analysis on green building rating systems and codes. Made public this morning, the report recommends continued certification to the LEED Silver level “or equivalent” as the baseline, according to a National Academy of Sciences press release:

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