LEED is marketed as a green building certification by many and has spread to data centers. Here is a post where a resident of a NY residential building has filed a lawsuit identifying the buildings performance does not match up to claims.
Fool’s Gold? Resident Files Suit Against Developers of LEED Gold Riverhouse For Not Delivering LEED Gold Goods
One thing that Battery Park City’s LEED Gold hopeful Riverhouse has never lacked for: publicity. Some of that media attention has been of the brand-friendly kind — Leonardo Di Caprio bought a condo! Tyra Banks bought a condo! These people are very famous! Or at least Leo is! But much of the recent attention directed at Riverhouse has not been very flattering. A series of legal squabbles between the developers – the Sheldrake Organization and the zombie iteration of the Lehman Brothers real estate partnership — were both notably ugly and notably public, although Riverhouse condos continued to sell well during the exchange of lawsuits and accusations and vague intimations of pre-foreclosure legal action.
The suit’s demand for $1.5 million in damages is kind of a grabber, but Stephen identified something more intriguing — and which could possibly make a bigger impact across the green building spectrum — than the intimation that one high-profile green building didn’t live up to its own hype. “This type of construction litigation is not uncommon, the purchasers also claim that ‘the building’s much-heralded ‘green’ heating system consistently fails to provide adequate heat’ to their unit and that this failure is a condition which is ‘is materially different from those represented by the project sponsor and its principals in the condominium offering plan,’”
it is hard to identify the performance of a data center given it can take years before the space is build up with load.
Which reminds of a rumor I heard once that Google put a bunch of toasters in its data center. Why? To simulate the electrical and heat load on the infrastructure.
I don't think we'll ever see a lawsuit for a LEED certified data center, but it was bound to happen that the over hype of LEED catches up to reality of a buildings performance.
If the hype of LEED was combine with hype of Smart Grid. The Smart Grid could be used to prove what LEED buildings perform as expected.