The LEED 2012 2nd Public Comment Period is open for all interested USGBC stakeholders to participate through August 31. USGBC received nearly 6,000 public comments from the 1st Public Comment period (open November 2010 - January 2011), and has been working with Technical Advisory Groups and other LEED committees to address comments and revise rating system requirements based on feedback. The 2nd Public Comment draft includes the BD&C, ID&C, EB:O+M, ND, and Homes rating systems. In this public comment period, stakeholders will also see that LEED 2012 for Healthcare is part of the draft, as a result of market demand for the product. Visit the LEED 2012 development webpage to view the drafts, review scorecards, and link to our live discussion forum hosted by LEEDuser.
Revisions to the MPR Supplemental Guidance and Rating System Selection Guidance
The Supplemental Guidance to the Minimum Program Requirements was written to help project teams understand if their building or space has the minimum characteristics needed for LEED certification. Revision 1, released in June 2011, has new direction and additional information regarding attached buildings, parking, defining site boundaries and more.
The Rating System Selection Guidance, which is a x helps project teams to understand which rating system their project should be registered under. This revision provides greater clarity on construction types, different rating systems for residential projects, and more.
On May 10, various LEED 2009 credit forms were updated to address known bugs, align with recently published addenda and improve formatting and functionality. Updated forms include PIf1, PIf3, WEp1, IEQc8, and SLLp2. For a full list and a brief description of changes, see the the LEED Online v3 Form Fix Log. Samples of these forms are also available for download. Simply go to
LEED Online log in, and click "Sample Forms Download" at top right.
Additional updates, including IEQp1, MRc3-7, IEQc6 and IEQc7 will be available in the fall. Continue to check the Credit Templates and Forms page and "Latest News" section of the LEED Online login page for updates.
To request the newest version of a form, click "feedback" in LEED Online.
Time is running out for LEED APs to take advantage of a limited opportunity to add a specialty to their green building credential. The staggered enrollment windows close beginning in August. Further information on prescriptive CMP requirements and testing options is available in the new CMP Wizard.
The quarterly addenda to the LEED 2009 rating systems and reference guides are now available. Based on LEED registration date, project teams are required to adhere to rating system addenda, and it is strongly recommended that project teams adhere to reference guide addenda. All LEED rating systems are updated on a quarterly basis to reflect the published addenda. Addenda may be submitted via the LEED Questions form available at usgbc.org.
LEEDOnline V3 System Requirements Update for Mac Users
Due to Apple's Safari 5.1 browser and Mac 0S v10.7 (Lion) dropping support for Adobe forms, Mac users with updated Safari browsers are not able to access LEED Online V3 on Apple computers at this time. We sincerely regret the inconvenience and will continue to work toward a solution.
The fee increase will help cover costs associated with the additional review resources necessary to review these complex credits and prerequisites. Additional technical guidance and training resources on these credits and prerequisites will be made available to registered project teams this fall free of charge. CIR and Appeal fees for all other credits and prerequisites will not change.
LEED Project Team Support
As the creators of LEED, USGBC brings you the resources needed to meet your goals and get the job done. From the boardroom, to the design meeting, to the project site – USGBC's resources support your project team's success. Reference Guides - Listed under "2009 Edition Reference Guides and LEED Publications" Webinar sessions - Rating system reviews and tough credit sessions Online documentation course Energy Modeling Manual - Listed under "Reference Guide Supplements"
Site Photometric Plans For versions of LEED prior to version 3/2009, a site photometric plan is not a required submittal for Sustainable Sites credit 8: Light Pollution Reduction but it is often difficult for reviewers to determine compliance with the LEED credit using the required detailed narrative. If your project has outdoor lighting and is pursuing SSc8,including a site photometric plan in your submittal increases chances of achieving credit compliance.
The LEED Update newsletter from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute is meant to keep LEED project teams and others who are interested in being informed and up-to-date on LEED resources, program launches and important dates. You are receiving LEED Update because you have subscribed to it. Please forward this newsletter if you have colleagues who might also benefit by subscribing to LEED Update.
For more valuable information about USGBC or specific market updates, subscribe to any of our quarterly newsletters. To see the available newsletters, log into usgbc.org and visit our subscriptions page. To see an archive of past issues, click here.
Join: USGBC Membership enables you to connect to a vast network of green building knowledge, gain access to unique marketing opportunities, and provide your organization's staff with affordable education to keep them on top of the latest trends in the industry.