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LEED Certification Outlook

LEED certification for new construction and renovations is taking off in some places, while its start is sluggish in others.

In LHB Inc.’s new office in the Loose-Wiles Building in Minneapolis, a wall of windows bathes part of the room in a warm glow of natural light. On a ceiling above the architecture firm’s office are a series of sensors that dim and brighten lights based on whether employees are at their desks or gone.

LHB is attempting to earn a platinum level LEED for Commercial Interiors (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Washington D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council. Rick Carter, commercial focus leader, says the office has energy efficient lighting, furniture and carpets made partly of recycled materials and, perhaps most important, a location in a densely populated neighborhood near transit lines.

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