Transparency Through Design: Digital LEED Scoreboard Keeps Green Buildings Honest

on Friday, Jul. 18th

Getting a building LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Business Council has become a badge of honor amongst conscientious developers. Yet the certification represents the green potential of a building while the reality can be a lot different.

Enter the legendary design firm IDEO, which along with the U.S. Green Business Council has developed a dynamic digital scoreboard to showcase a building’s current LEED score. Fast Co.Design’s Heba Hasan has the details:

The plaque acts like a visual scoreboard. It tracks how a building performs in five categories: energy, waste, transportation, water, and human experience. Owners can compare their building’s current and past performance and can examine the building’s overall performance relative to comparable structures. Additionally, they can enter the building’s performance data into the USGBC’s online interface as frequently as they want–but the USGBC will require owners to submit building data at least once a year.

There’s plans in the works for the score to be broadcast via Bluetooth so that passerby can snag the data via their smartphones.


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