On this week’s episode of Burning Down the House, host Curtis B. Wayne is joined by Elizabeth Heider, one of the chair members of the U.S. Green Building Council. Elizabeth is a “recovering architect” involved with the USGBC’s LEED certification program. Hear about the LEED certification, and how it serves as a framework for architects and designers looking to green the built environment. Elizabeth and Curtis also discuss energy-efficient decisions in their respective homes, and the importance of lighting in the comfort of a space. LEED certification is controversial in some architectural circles; tune in to hear clips from past episodes opposing LEED certification, as well as Elizabeth’s responses. This program has been brought to you by Fairway Market.

“LEED is not just a checklist; it’s a way to communicate with one another, to communicate with clients, architects, the construction industry…it really is a tool. I like to think that it’s a great way to see if you’re on course, but the real objective is good architecture.”

“The greenest square foot is the square foot that you don’t have to build.”

Elizabeth Heider on Burning Down the House