RECLAIMED HOME | LEED building in Williamsburg

Phyllis Bobb of Reclaimed Home talks to Mark Helder, the architect of the first Platinum LEED building to go up in Brooklyn.

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It’s easier building green in the Netherlands, first, because it is a national consensus and people are aware of the long term maintenance effects when building a building which lasts for at least 50 years. Second, building standards and codes are kept up-to-date to the current (energy) developments. The minimum energy efficiency requirements are set to a relative high level in relation to the regularly available building technology and is updated every few years or so. In the US the minimum energy standards are relatively low and building a better performing building is basically voluntary. The gap between the minimum requirements and the regularly available building technology is large.

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