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April 2010

This is the third edition of the LEED Update newsletter from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED Update will keep LEED project teams and others who are interested in being informed and up-to-date on LEED news and updates. You are receiving LEED Update because you have subscribed for it, but you may have colleagues who might also benefit by subscribing to LEED Update. Please feel free to forward this newsletter.




LEED Online v3 Form Upgrades

As part of recent LEED Online continuous improvement efforts, a number of credit forms have been released from beta status. The new forms address known glitches, improve navigation and enhance performance.

  • LEED for New Construction: 14 forms released in April
  • LEED for Core & Shell full certification: 11 forms released in April
  • LEED for Core & Shell precertification: 33 forms released in April
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors: 12 forms to be released in May
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: 10 forms to be released in May
  • LEED for Schools: 19 forms to be released in May

See a full listing of the currently available post-beta forms »
Instructions on how to upgrade to improved forms »


LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development Has Launched

Registration for LEED for Neighborhood Development is now officially open. Project teams are now able to register their projects in LEED Online and download forms for the Smart Location & Linkage (SLL) prerequisite review. At this time, projects will not be able to submit for full certification; full functionality is anticipated for release in late 2010. For additional details, please visit the GBCI website.

LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development Resources & Tools »




LEED 2009 for Healthcare: 2nd Public Comment Period

Public comment for the LEED 2009 for Healthcare rating system is open April 19-May 18. The revisions follow the first public comment period and alignment with LEED 2009 (credit language and weightings).

See the summary of changes to the LEED 2009 for Healthcare rating system (PDF) »
See the draft rating system and make comments here »




LEED 2009 Quarterly Addenda

April marks the first release of the quarterly addenda to the LEED 2009 rating systems and reference guides. Based on 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.

See the LEED 2009 Rating System & Reference Guide Addenda documents »




LEED for Core & Shell v2.0 EAc1 Update

A new Excel spreadsheet tool is available for Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1 that calculates energy cost savings based on the scope of work of the project developer. This update was posted on March 12, 2010, is in effect immediately, and can be applied toward any LEED for Core & Shell v2.0 project registered prior to April 24, 2009.

LEED for Core & Shell v2.0 EAc1 update memo (PDF) »
LEED for Core & Shell v2.0 EAc1 Table (XLS) »




LEED Implementation Advisory Committee

The LEED Implementation Advisory Committee has officially stood up following member elections and appointments. The volunteer voting members and subject matter experts are as follows:

Chair: Dave Sheridan, Aqua Cura
Vice-Chair: Brenda Morawa, BVM Engineering
Adam Fransen, CB Richard Ellis
Brad Pease, Paladino and Co., Inc.
Richard Schneider, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Natalie Terrill, Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC
William Worthen, Simon & Associates, Inc.
Max Zahniser, Praxis | Building Solutions, LLC
Subject matter experts: Michelle Malanca, Michelle Malanca Sustainability Consulting; Kenneth Potts, McGough; Gregory Shank, CTG Energetics, Inc.

Read more about the LEED Implementation Advisory Committee responsibilities »
Join the corresponding committee »




Vertically Attached Building Guidance

This new guidance supercedes the existing LEED MPR Supplemental Guidance (v1) language for structures that are vertically stacked but otherwise separate. The guidance will be folded into v2 of the MPR Supplemental Guidance Document.

See the vertically attached buildings guidance (PDF) »


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