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Fifth public comment period open for update to USGBC's LEED program

LEED v4 draft raises the bar, drives innovation; balances increased technical rigor with market readiness

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced the opening of the fifth public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED green building program. The comment period, which will close on Dec. 10, enables the building community to view the most recent draft of the rating systems and provide comments where any substantive changes have been made.

“LEED v4 will have the greatest impact of any rating system we’ve developed by focusing on building performance and rewarding innovative product manufacturers who offer best in class products,” said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, USGBC. “LEED v4 will help change the way project teams think, integrate, plan, execute and operate their buildings.” Continue reading Fifth public comment period open for update to USGBC's LEED program

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LEED 2012: USGBC should withdraw its European-based material avoidance credit

Bill Hall

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

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LEED for homes surpasses 20,000

Washington, DC — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that more than 20,000 homes across the U.S. have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program. LEED for Homes is a national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification that homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants. Continue reading LEED for homes surpasses 20,000

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LEED-certified green building hits 12,000 mark

Washington, DC — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the 12,000th commercial project has earned LEED certification. Since its launch in 2000, the LEED green building program has been transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, operated and maintained. Continue reading LEED-certified green building hits 12,000 mark

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New and updated credits introduced into LEED Pilot Credit Library

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