LEED, Its Efficacy and Fallacy in a Regional Context—An Urban Heat Island Case in California
AbstractThe use of energy in the building sector has increased rapidly over the past two decades. Accordingly, various building assessment methods have developed in green building practices. However, the questions still remain in regard to how positively green buildings affect regional surroundings. This study investigates the possible relationship between LEED-certified buildings and urban heat island effect. Using GIS with spatial regression, the study found that constructing an LEED building in a 30-m boundary could possibly lower the temperature of the surrounding environment by 0.35 °C. Also, having a higher certification level, such as Gold or Platinum, increased the lowering effect by 0.48 °C, while a lower certification level, such as Certified or Silver, had a lowering effect of 0.26 °C. Although LEED has gained a substantial amount of interest and skepticism at the same time, the study results could be a potential sign that the Sustainable Sites Credits or energy-efficient materials play a positive role in lowering the temperature. View Full-Text
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Shin, M.H.; Kim, H.Y.; Gu, D.; Kim, H. LEED, Its Efficacy and Fallacy in a Regional Context—An Urban Heat Island Case in California. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1674.
Shin MH, Kim HY, Gu D, Kim H. LEED, Its Efficacy and Fallacy in a Regional Context—An Urban Heat Island Case in California. Sustainability. 2017; 9(9):1674.Chicago/Turabian Style
Shin, Min H.; Kim, Hwan Y.; Gu, Donghwan; Kim, Hyoungsub. 2017. "LEED, Its Efficacy and Fallacy in a Regional Context—An Urban Heat Island Case in California." Sustainability 9, no. 9: 1674.
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