Getting rid of the 3rd option is such a huge mistake. I can't believe that the USGBC let the vocal minority win on this one...really disappointed. The 20% option would have brought us closer to the mission: market transformation. Others have brought up that they think that the 20% option "watered down" the rating system...I don't think that this could be further from the truth. The average office building consumes 17 kWh per sq foot. The average office space is 14,000 sq feet. This means that if just 100 buildings cut their consumption by 20%, we'd be looking at about 2.5 million kWh - and that's just a starting point. What happened between the second draft and this draft?
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