LEED green building program update open for public comment
The Washington-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has opened up the proposed update to the LEED green building rating system for its first public comment. The public comment period, which will close on Dec. 31, is the next step in the development of the LEED program, according to USGBC.
The proposed update builds on LEED 2009, including the alignment and weighting of credits, and further advances the “bookshelf” framework where credits are applied to specific building types. The draft of LEED that is opening for public comment places increased emphasis on integrated process and building performance. “As green building expertise advances and practice evolves, so does LEED, providing innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities in the building industry,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED for USGBC. “Additionally USGBC is enhancing the process we use to collect and respond to stakeholder feedback on the ideas presented in the public comment drafts of LEED.”
In addition to the public comment web pages at www.usgbc.org, USGBC also will take feedback from projects testing pilot credits, use input from a moderated forum dedicated to discussing evolution of LEED, and comments from various webinars that will be held with key stakeholders. USGBC expects a wide-ranging dialogue throughout the process.
To participate in the public comment on LEED, go to the USGBC website, enter your name and e-mail address if requested, and if a password is required, enter the meeting password, “Building10,” then click “Join.”