Gosh, we sure hope not. We’ve been a little quiet lately as we launched our completely redesigned and enhanced web site this week (www.SERFgreen.org), but the notion of a LEED monopoly is unsettling. After all, SERF, Green Globes ™ and others have invested significant resources to provide cost-effective, accessible alternative green building certifications.
Still, others make the claim of a LEED monopoly quite forcibly—like the Chattanooga Times Free Press recent editorial.
The Times Free Press’ position has some merit when considering government buildings. But as to the private sector—the ones who are spending their own money–we find businesses are very open to a market-friendly alternative to LEED. In fact, we’ve had success with private buildings that are already LEED certified.
Our education partners at Centre for Sustainability and Excellence are helping train new SERF Professionals (SPs) to meet this demand.
SERF may be the new kid on the block, but as the ages have shown—don’t be afraid to bet on David over Goliath.