Beach Blanket Babylon
Babylon’s town ordinance requires all new commercial, industrial and multi-unit residential construction over 4,000 sq.ft. to receive at least the basic LEED certification by December 2007, as a requirement to getting a certificate of occupancy. While laudable in intent, the ordinance raises all kinds of questions, not the least of which is timing. How does an owner receive assurance that USGBC will act on a LEED certification in a timely manner, so s/he can rent or lease the premises upon project completion. What if the design/construction team doesn’t do its job and get the certification at all? Will LEED-CS become the preferred way in which developers meet this ordinance, because it will also give them help with marketing green buildings. Will the LEED-CS pre-certification be enough to meet the intent of the ordinance? By the way, New York Local Law 86, which became effective January 1st of this year, already requires most public projects, to receive LEED Silver certification. Green building consultants in New York must be licking their chops, thinking of all the new work headed their way!