Daylight is good. Builders, developers and architects don’t need a longhair professor with fancy gadgets and computer programs to tell them that the sun is handy for construction workers to see with, that it is a major reason why windows exist, that it warms and illuminates the insides of structures.
LEED certification has risen in popularity across the U.S. and in Charlotte in particular: the city is home to 74 buildings with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designations. So why isn't CMS striving for LEED status on all of its four new schools?
This year, significantly fewer Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects specified the use of wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
A recent report issued by GreenBiz Group found FSC wood was used in only 26 percent of new LEED construction in 2011, down from 41 percent last year.