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July 2010

LEED Update is intended to 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: 22 forms released in early May.
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: 10 forms released in early May.
  • LEED for Schools: 19 forms released in early May.
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors: 14 forms released in late April.
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors SS Credit 1 – While the form is still in BETA, several improvements were made to the latest version. This includes a critical improvement to the Path 10 form calculator, which project teams will be required to use to demonstrate compliance.
  • LEED for New Construction and LEED for Commercial Interiors: 35 additional forms expected to be released in July.

Beginning July 20, you can click here to see a full listing of the currently available post-beta forms »


LEED 2009 Quarterly Addenda

The second quarterly release of addenda to the LEED 2009 rating systems and reference guides will be available mid-July 2010. 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. All LEED rating systems are updated on a quarterly basis to reflect the published addenda. Addenda may be submitted via the feedback form available from LEED Online v3.

See the LEED 2009 rating system and reference guide addenda documents »
View updated LEED rating systems »
Submit addenda via the LEED Online v3 feedback form »



LEED Project Directory

The LEED project directory is now available as a downloadable Excel file from both GBCI and USGBC. The file contains both certified and registered projects, and is updated on a daily basis. Confidential project data is not included in the export. LEED for Homes projects are also excluded.

GBCI – LEED Project Directory »
USGBC – LEED Project Directory »



July Members-Only Offer
BD+C 252: LEED for New Construction: A Credit-by-Credit Review
Member discount: the entire series for $100 (a $250 value)

Join USGBC for this extensive online training, bringing all the technical information you need to know about the LEED for New Construction Rating System right to your own computer. This five-part series will teach you all about the requirements of the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 Rating System, addressing the rating system’s seven credit categories: Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE), Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Materials and Resources (MR), Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Innovation in Design (ID) and Regional Priority (RP). Offer expires Aug. 1.

Learn more and register »



LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development Online Training

The new online training series, ND 252: LEED for Neighborhood Development Credit-by-Credit Review, is now available. Learn the core concepts and strategies behind a successful green neighborhood development. Gain knowledge of eligibility for LEED for Neighborhood Development certification and unique aspects of the rating system, including its credit intents, key elements, main requirements and synergies.

Learn more and register for ND 252 »
See a complete list of USGBC's LEED for Neighborhood Development training opportunities »



Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program

To support affordable housing in green neighborhoods, the U.S. Green Building Council, with generous support from the Bank of America Foundation, is pleased to offer a grant program that recognizes affordable housing developers who are committed to building mixed-income, sustainable communities. The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants to developers of affordable housing and related public agencies that choose to pursue LEED for Neighborhood Development certification. The grant will include a cash award of approximately $20,000 to be used toward certification. In addition, an educational package will be awarded that will include a LEED Reference Guide for Green Neighborhood Development, workshops and online trainings. The deadline to submit for the grant program is Sept. 9, 2010.

Learn more about the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program »



Updated O+M Reference Guide Available

The LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Operations and Maintenance, 2009 Edition (Updated April 2010), is now available for purchase. This new edition incorporates all addenda published on or before April 14, 2010.

Purchase the LEED Reference Guide for Green Buildings Operations and Maintenance, 2009 Edition (Updated April 2010) »



LEED Online v2 Template Fix Update

LEED Online v2 template fixes are an ongoing effort. Recently revised templates include:

  • WE Credit 3 for LEED for New Construction v2.2, LEED for Core & Shell v2.0, and LEED for Schools 2007
  • MR Prerequisite 1 for LEED for New Construction v2.2 and LEED for Schools 2007
  • EQ Credit 8.1 and 8.2 for LEED for Schools 2007

For a more detailed description of revisions, view the LEED Online v2 Template Fix Log (PDF).



New Support Tool for LEED for New Construction v2.2 from LEEDuser

LEEDuser, the online credit-by-credit support tool for LEED project teams, has expanded to offer full support for LEED for New Construction version 2.2. The same credit overviews, checklists, documentation samples and forums that support users of LEED 2009 rating systems are now available for teams using v2.2.

Get started with LEEDuser's LEED for New Construction v2.2 credit support »



LEED for Core & Shell v2.0 Precertification Instructions

For registered LEED for Core & Shell v2.0 projects that may submit for precertification or need to resubmit for final precertification review, the submittal instructions have been updated with GBCI contact information.

View the updated LEED for Core & Shell v2.0 precertification instructions (PDF) »



LEED for Core & Shell Pilot Program Update: Upcoming Deadlines

Submitting for LEED Core & Shell Pilot preliminary review was closed in December 2008. For any pilot projects that have not yet submitted for their final review, resubmissions must be received by July 24, 2010. For projects that have yet to submit their construction phase preliminary review (if applicable), submissions must be received by Aug. 31, 2010. Project teams will have 30 days to respond to their preliminary review comments once received. If the project team is unable to submit this documentation and still wishes to pursue certification, the project must upgrade to LEED for Core & Shell v2.0 and restart the certification process.

Learn more: Read the LEED for Core & Shell Pilot Program Sunset Memo (PDF) »
Contact us with questions: Select "General inquiries about the LEED rating systems" »


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