By Bill Hall, Venable LLP and outside Counsel to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute
As goes LEED, so goes green building certifications. While competing systems such as Green Globes are gaining ground, LEED remains the predominant U.S. green building certification system. In addition to widespread market adoption, LEED has been incorporated into the laws or regulations of 34 states and 442 local governments and is used by 14 federal agencies. Thus, the ongoing effort by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to overhaul LEED continues to have a significant impact on the building materials used in green buildings. Continue reading LEED 2012: USGBC should withdraw its European-based material avoidance credit
On Monday, June 4th, Rick Fedrizzi, the President, CEO and Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council announced they have decided to delay the ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013. Mr. Fedrizzi also announced a fifth public comment period, which will open October 2 – December 10, 2012. Importantly, this comment period will include public forums at Greenbuild in San Francisco in November. Continue reading LEED 2012 update
Washington, DC —The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) next update to the LEED green building program, LEED 2012, will include various updates to credits within the LEED Pilot Credit Library. As a flexible, interactive mechanism for testing proposed credits in the marketplace, the Pilot Credit Library gathers real-time feedback on credit usability and ability to meet a credit’s intent.
The Pilot Credit Library was established to facilitate the introduction of new prerequisites and credits to LEED through stakeholder engagement and collaboration on the testing and analysis of proposed requirements. This process allows USGBC to refine credits through LEED project evaluations before being introduced into LEED. Continue reading New and updated credits introduced into LEED Pilot Credit Library