Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Building Green Costs to Much?

The continued evolution backwards of the once innovative human minds of many, showing the loss of common sense and especially critical thought. Pony up less on the front end, cutting corners, for some sort of instant gratification, and bigger instant bottom line growth for a few, and pay more over the long term, saving nothing but returning rising costs!

Cities pass up green stamp of approval, say it costs too much

They say they can build green without spending money on LEED. But Minneapolis says it's worth the price.

February 21, 2011 - In St. Louis Park it is city policy to make sure that new and remodeled municipal buildings are built to "green" standards.

How green? For two new fire stations, it means high-efficiency boilers, energy-saving windows, lights that switch off when rooms are idle and state-of-the-art handling of storm water.

But city officials won't take the ultimate step of seeking LEED certification for its fire stations. They said it costs too much.

"It's like being a Minnesota Star City; it doesn't mean much," St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs said. "We've done a lot of the things that LEED certification does, but we don't have to pay the fees." {continued}

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