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Are Rating Systems All Wet?

Although more than 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, little is suitable for human consumption. As drought spreads, the focus turns toward preservation. But have third-party certification systems helped or hurt the cause of water conservation?

James Dipping addresses this topic in his article “Achieving Water Conservation in Third-Party Rating Systems Isn’t as Simple as It Seems” for PME magazine. He points out that well-intentioned standards ranging from LEED to WELL have inadvertently spurred additional building complications.