Last month, the 18,000-seat building received a silver LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] rating in recognition of eco-friendly features, from the Cor-Ten steel framework shading its sides to the low-flow bathroom fixtures that help save 2 million gallons of water a year. Another green feature: 91% of all the wood in the building—including the Nets' basketball court—is certified sustainable. Barclays is one of just a handful of arenas in the nation to achieve the coveted LEED status...There are other features, as well, including a focus on public transit. But, as I wrote, shouldn't there be LEED points subtracted for having a surface parking lot last not the initially predicted three years, but much longer?
But remember that a good number of buildings, including some recently renovated ones, were demolished for the arena and associated parking lot, and there's significant skepticism about what LEED measures, since, as architect Carl Elefante once wrote, “the greenest building is one that is already built.”