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Green design finds a home in Dwell magazine

Photo: David Lauridsen

Since its launch in 2000, the sleek shelter magazine Dwell has helped popularize green architecture and design. In this week’s Climate Desk podcast, Need to Know’s Alison Stewart speaks with Dwell’s senior editor Aaron Britt. Britt shares his perspective on green design, from LEED certification to low-tech solutions that contribute to sustainable living.

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  • Charles Peters

    Thank you so much for talking about green and sustainable building. As a USGBC member it’s great to have more people talking about LEED and it becoming the norm.

    I thought I heard that you think that LEED is a good start, but that it does not show that the green parts of the building actually work over time. I want to make you aware that LEED requires every bulding to be commissioned. Commissioning means that all systems must be run after construction is complete, and the actual results are what is used to determine how green it is, not what was said prior to installation.

    I also thought I heard that you think it costs a lot for LEED certification. The cost to build LEED is typically 0-6% than conventional. Meaning that you get significant benefits with little or no extra cost. The many benefits include lower energy costs, improved air quality, improved productivity of workers and students, and generally happier people. The value of the property increases with LEED certification and if it’s a rented space, the rent and occupany rate increases.