Posted by: Patricia Salkin | December 18, 2010

USGBC Proposes Next Version of LEED and Opens Public Comment

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a draft of the next version of the LEED rating systems and has opened the first public comment period for that draft. The comment period is open through January 14, 2011. This will be followed by a second comment period that will end in August 2011. The USGBC’s website offers a helpful FAQ and a document that highlights in chart form the specific proposed changes and additions to the rating system.

According to the USGB’s website, “The public comment draft of the next version of LEED is a general update and expansion of the technical content and organization of LEED. By simultaneously aligning and harmonizing inefficient duplication of LEED credits and expanding the bookshelf to include credits that make LEED more appropriate for previously underserved market sectors, the public comment draft attempts to streamline project team engagement with LEED. In addition, the release of high performance green building codes provides clear evidence that the market has transformed in the short time since the last update to LEED. The public comment draft builds off the new foundation that these code intended documents provide to ensure that LEED continues to be the vanguard of innovative design, construction, and operations of buildings and communities.”

The USGBC’s announcement and the draft can be accessed at: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2360


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