Proposed LEED Revisions Embrace Energy Efficiency

Last week’s roll out of public hearings for proposed revisions to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards mark a historic moment for the energy efficiency sector, as it is the first time the internationally recognized ratings system will address how a building is run once it is built.

The performance credit category measures a building’s operating performance. As LEED standards primarily address new construction decisions, the efficiency of the building was implied, but made “promises of efficiency that weren’t delivered,” said Clinton Andrews, a professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University in The New York Times recently.

LEED would collect and report this data anonymously through its Building Performance Partnership.

Another proposed change, the “integrated process” category, intends architects, engineers and contractors to sit down together in search of top building performance.

World's first LEED-certified parking garage in Santa Monica, CA

In the same week, The U.S. Green Building Council announced that 1 billion square feet of buildings, many of them in the United States, have now been LEED certified. Even the wry New York Observer – which, for the record, is tired of announcements on LEED-certified dog kennels, called the 10-year-old program “a pretty amazing accomplishment.”

Images courtesy inhabitat, USGBC.

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