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Location matters when building green.

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The problem when you start getting into all these externalities is that it becomes very subjective what you should or shouldn't include and how much. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that transit-oriented development is a good idea, but attempting to quantify the benefits of it is voodoo at best.

The ultimate thing to remember about LEED is that it is by no means an engineering standard. It is not actually a measure of the greenness of a building. It is a label that gives you a marketable green image. Note the things in there which are more feel-good measures than actual greenness: having bike racks doesn't matter if no one uses them; and being "innovative" doesn't make you more green (just because an idea is new doesn't mean it's better).

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