LEED Certification is often promoted as being about energy efficiency. Despite a substantial additional cost many critics claim it doesn’t deliver and is more hype than substance. One area where Chatham County has spent a lot of money in recent years “to seem rather than to be” is on LEED certification. We were told the resulting energy efficiency would pay for the added cost. Actual energy efficiency is something we can all agree on whether our primary motivation is to save money or to save the environment. Unfortunately, LEED certification does not necessarily mean energy efficiency and certainly does not guarantee it. There are other alternatives that are much more cost effective.