It’s a shame to see money wasted in the name of energy conservation. That is what happens when sensible energy-saving measures are wrapped up in a politically correct, grossly exaggerated, needlessly expensive implementation-and-certification process.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a program promoted by the U.S. Green Building Council that does just that.
It is mainly governments and non-profits that follow the whole LEED package. For-profit, private-sector projects try to avoid the central-planning process, knowing that self-interested, decentralized, on-the-spot decisions between builder and owner best assess costs and benefits.