Green Buildings
U.S. Green Building Council Upgrades LEED

By Vandana Sinha
Washington Business Journal
November 18, 2008

The flagship rating system for green buildings is getting a major upgrade next
year to make climate change and energy efficiency even higher priorities.
The U.S. Green Building Council will soon roll out its new Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines, updated for 2009 and newly approved
by the USGBC membership.

Described as some of the most significant changes to the LEED system, LEED 2009
has re-weighted certain actions, based on scientific research, in favor of
increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in new and existing
buildings. It also entails a new set of regional credits, which are points
tailored to match environmental priorities in certain geographic areas.

The USGBC will also introduce new processes for amending its LEED standards,
including a pilot period for individual credits that can be tested and
incorporated on their own.

The organization had received more than 7,000 comments since May on how to
update its 8-year-old, much-used green building rating system before LEED 2009
passed through its 18,000-member voting ballot last week.


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