In the National Academy of Sciences study released in February 2013, an expert panel of the National Research Council evaluated the energy efficiency and sustainability standards used by the US Department of Defense [DoD]. The National Academy of Science’s top recommendation was to reconfirm DoD’s use of LEED for new buildings or major renovations. To directly support their primary recommendation, the NRC states:
The preponderance of available evidence indicates that green building certification systems and their referenced building standards offer frameworks for reducing energy and water use in buildings, compared to design approaches and practices used for conventional buildings.
Beyond affirming DoD’s use of LEED, other key findings by the Academy include: