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Need for LEED Certificate means nothing in quest for energy efficiency

By Tom West
Posted Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham Coalition type liberals have been insisting that we need LEED Certification in order to build energy-efficient buildings. One of them isn't even sure how to spell "Leed Certification", but she knows that you need LEED certification to build money-saving energy efficient buildings? Really? Does she even know what full LEED certification really entails?

I ask Joy Hewett and her underinformed friends to please take the time to read "LEED certification - More hype than substance."

This need for LEED argument reminds me of a scene from 1993 film "Searching for Bobby Fischer"

Bruce Pandolfini: It's white's move.
Josh Waitzkin: How many points is it worth?
Bruce Pandolfini: It's just an opening move.
Josh Waitzkin: I want to know how much it's worth.
Bruce Pandolfini: Just do it for its own sake. Do it for the love of the game.
Josh Waitzkin: I want to know how many more points I am away to getting the certificate.

Bruce Pandolfini: Forget the certificate.
Josh Waitzkin: Why?
Bruce Pandolfini: I don't know.
Josh Waitzkin: What do you mean?
Bruce Pandolfini: I don't care. It's... white's move.
Josh Waitzkin: I want the certificate.
Bruce Pandolfini: [sighs] You want the certificate. You have to have the certificate.

[gets briefcase]
Bruce Pandolfini: You won't move until you get the certificate.
[opens it]
Bruce Pandolfini: Fine. You win.
[gives him copy of certificate]
Bruce Pandolfini: Here's your certificate.
Josh Waitzkin: [takes it]
Bruce Pandolfini: Fill it out. It doesn't mean anything. It's just a piece of paper. It's a xerox of a piece of paper. Do you want another one

[gives Josh another copy]
Bruce Pandolfini: Do you want 10?
[gives Josh few more copies]
Bruce Pandolfini: Do you want 20?
[continues stacking them on chess board one-by-one]
Bruce Pandolfini: 30? I've got a whole briefcase full of them. They don't mean anything, though.

Bruce Pandolfini: They mean nothing.

See the associated video clips:
At 14:30 point of
Very beginning of

In conclusion we do not need LEED certification, just a little bit of common sense.

Our County Commissioners have not lowered the energy efficiency standards for Chatham County buildings. They raised them. They are now requiring that any new construction ACTUALLY be energy efficient. This is a great way to reduce operating expenses and save county taxpayers some money.

By the way, if the opponents of common sense in Chatham County government need a certificate, I'm sure we can print one (or more) for them.


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