The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Policy Alliance, reportedly a special interest front group run by a lobbying firm, has launched a campaign to make the claim that LEED-certified buildings are less energy efficient than other buildings.
The USGBC is battling back against what it calls “false claims” by a “fictitious organization.”
The Environmental Policy Alliance has generated coverage of its claims from several conservative media outlets. The group provides no information about its funding sources.
In a March 7 blog post, USGBC wrote:
"Don’t be fooled, the Environmental Policy Alliance isn’t the 'EPA' you might think. The group behind recent attacks on LEED is run by the notorious Washington, D.C., lobbyist Richard Berman, who works on behalf of special interests under the guise of policy and research institutes."