Third Public Comment Period for Update to USGBC’s LEED Green Building
Program to Open Next Month
LEED 2012 draft focuses on providing a simple-to-use, technically advanced and more robust system
Washington, DC – (Feb. 13, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that the third public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building program will open Mar. 1, 2012. The comment period, which will close on Mar. 27, marks the start of the LEED 2012 program delivery process.
“LEED sits at the core of the green building movement, and is critical in realizing our collective mission,” said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED, USGBC. “LEED’s strength comes from its continuous evolution. This continuous improvement is the outcome of thousands of technical volunteers working to develop the program and the adaptability of the program to technological and market changes.”
The current draft of LEED has been refined to address technical stringency and rigor, measurement and performance tools, and an enhanced user experience. The technical changes have been informed by market data, stakeholder-generated ideas, expert engagement and advances in technology.
Additional performance-based management features will help projects measure and manage energy and water usage, site and building material selection, and indoor environmental quality.
“LEED 2012 is the next step towards a global, performance-based application,” continued Horst. “In LEED 2012, a project’s engagement with LEED will represent an ongoing commitment that is supported by a suite of performance management tools.”
The third public comment documents, including technical refinements, scorecards and responses to comments from the previous public comment period will be available on usgbc.org/LEED2012 beginning Mar. 1. Members of the public can comment on any substantive changes made since the second public comment period, which ran from Aug. 1 through Sept. 14, 2011.