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Chris Popma Popma: “Previous certifications gave points for having various ‘green’ items in place, although they may or may not actually be operating the way they are supposed to operate.”

SAN DIEGO—Achieving a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Dynamic plaque is very feasible, although some buildings will need to undertake quite a bit more work than others, the Irvine Co.’s Chris Popma tells GlobeSt.com. The company’s Symphony Tower office building in Downtown San Diego recently became California’s first office building to qualify for a LEED Dynamic plaque as part of its recertification. The plaque monitors a building’s environmental performance in five categories—energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience—and provides a continually updated score. The US Green Building Council also upgraded Symphony Tower’s certification from silver to gold.

We spoke exclusively with Popma about LEED Dynamic and whether it’s worth the trouble for most building owners to strive to achieve.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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