Painting the Picture of LEED 2012
What will LEED 2012 look like? With LEED 2009, the primary changes were foundational, such as rating system content alignment, the development of LEED Online v3 and updates to the professional credentials and certification process. The current draft of LEED 2012 builds on these changes but focuses on increasing the technical rigor of the rating system, expanding the market sectors able to use LEED and striving for simplicity in terms of usability. Project teams will be rewarded for identifying synergies among building systems and using them to achieve improved system design and performance. Additionally, LEED credits aimed at promoting higher performance outcomes are woven throughout LEED 2012 and addressed in every credit category.
Third Public Comment: March 1-20
LEED's strength comes from its constant, consensus-driven improvement cycle. Multiple comment periods are held and input received is incorporated into LEED as the program evolves to address the dynamic needs of the building industry.
The third public comment period for LEED 2012 opens March 1 - March 20, 2012. This version of the draft focuses on enhancing the user experience in a variety of ways. LEED credit language has been rigorously reviewed and revised to clarify requirements. Credit names and their organization within categories has shifted to be more intuitive around broader issues within each category. LEED 2012 delivery intends to offer additional performance management tools for project teams and building owners to help measure and manage energy and water use.
Public comment documents will be available to the public beginning March 1 at usgbc.org/LEED2012.
LEED 2012 Ballot: June 1-30
As with all LEED rating systems, LEED 2012 will be balloted and approved by USGBC members. The ballot will be held from June 1-30. To vote in the LEED 2012 ballot, you must opt in to the Consensus Body. The Consensus Body opt-in period begins April 2 and is open to employees of USGBC national member organizations in good standing. The Consensus Body ensures participation from the full diversity of LEED users and that it is a balanced representation of USGBC membership. To be eligible to join the Consensus Body and vote in the LEED 2012 ballot your organization’s membership must be in good standing by March 1, and be maintained throughout the balloting period.
The mantra of the LEED International Program is "Global Consistency, Regional Approach, Local Outreach and Support."
In 2010 the LEED International Roundtable was formed, which is a group of local green building organizations from 21 countries that are all committed to the development of a globally consistent yet regionally relevant LEED system. This group is creating LEED Regional Priority Credits (RPCs) for their countries and providing advice on how LEED should tackle issues such as water scarcity, worker safety, energy and comfort. In March 2012, the LEED International Roundtable will focus on how LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance might better address the needs of historic and existing buildings in Europe.
LEED is a global system with the power to unite, to inspire and to transform.
We are excited to be moving forward and invite you to stay tuned to find out what else is in store—particularly for China and Brazil, two of the fastest growing economies in the world.
USGBC Webinar Series: LEED Innovation & Pilot Credits
This four-part webinar series explores Innovation & Pilot credits in-depth, illuminating best practices for documentation and tried-and-true ways to achieve credit outside of the LEED box.
Strategies & Certification - Feb. 23, 2012 Demand Response - Mar. 1, 2012 Ergonomics - Mar. 15, 2012 Acoustics - Mar. 22, 2012
With this series you can earn six LEED Specific (BD+C, ID+C, O+M, HOMES, ND) GBCI hours to support maintenance of the LEED AP with specialty and LEED Green Associate credential, in addition to 1.5 AIA/CES LU/HSW/SD hours.
Learn more and register.
2012 Webinar Subscription
The USGBC Webinar Subscription is an affordable way to complete LEED credential maintenance requirements, allowing for access to over 40 webinars and online green building and LEED-related courses, with new webinars being added weekly. New this year, all CE hours will be directly to GBCI and AIA, an exclusive benefit only available to 2012 Webinar Subscribers. Subscriptions are available for companies or individuals. Learn more and purchase.
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