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Call for Volunteers: LEED Committees

Seeking New Committee Members

The U.S. Green Building Council calls for self-nominations by qualified applicants to serve as members of the following LEED Committees. There is no set number of volunteer positions available, but we expect to select approximately 25 volunteers.

Each volunteer position will be for a first term of one year with an option to continue their service in accordance with the following policies: Committee members may serve a maximum of four consecutive years, after which they must take a two-year hiatus before being eligible for service on the committee again. Working Group member terms shall be for the duration of the Working Group, unless it is reconstituted annually, in which case the term shall be renewable up to maximum of four years.

Please note that USGBC policy states that individuals may serve on a maximum of three USGBC Committees and two Working Groups at any one time. Any one member organization may not have more than one representative on any one Committee and, except for federal government agencies, may have representatives on a maximum of five Committees and four Working Groups at any one time.

Please see the expertise sought by each committee below.



  • Employee of a USGBC member organization
  • Able to consistently dedicate time to this effort, including attendance of at least two-thirds of calls (1 hour in length, 1-2 calls per month), offline review and technical work of approximately 2-3 hours per call, and participation in additional calls as necessary.


  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the below technical areas

How to Submit an Expression of Interest with USGBC

Employees of USGBC member organizations interested in serving on any of the committees described below must complete the LEED Committee Expression of Interest Form online. Please note that USGBC may invite candidates to serve on a committee for which they did not indicate interest based on the candidate’s expertise and the needs of each committee.

This call opens March 10, 2014, and the deadline for submissions is April 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Applicable LEED Committee Descriptions

Pilot Credit Library Working Group

The Pilot Credit Library Working Group (PCLWG) administers the Pilot Credit Library, an independent forum for the testing of pilot credits and prerequisites. The PCLWG works with the LEED Steering Committee and other LEED committees to evaluate proposed pilot credits, review project team feedback and metrics from pilot credit testing, and refine pilot credit language and evaluation questions. The standing call time for this working group is Wednesday at 3pm ET.

Technical Advisory Groups

Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) recommend technical solutions to rating system development and maintenance questions. The groups provide a consistent source of technical advice regarding credit and prerequisite improvement and supporting tool development. TAGs are structured to include expertise for specific technical issues: Location and Planning (LP), Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE), Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Materials and Resources (MR) and Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ). The role and responsibilities of the TAGs are detailed in their purpose statement. The standing call times for these TAGs are Tuesday at 4pm ET (EQ TAG), Wednesday at 12pm ET (LP TAG), Wednesday at 2pm ET (SS TAG), Thursday at 11am ET (WE TAG), Thursday at 3pm ET (EA TAG), and Friday at 1pm ET (MR TAG).

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee oversees the Technical Advisory Groups and recommends solutions regarding technical issues to the LEED Steering Committee. Its responsibilities include coordinating cross-category matters and reviewing LEED credits and prerequisites for technical validity. The role and responsibilities of the Technical Committee are detailed in the committee’s purpose statement. The standing call time for this committee is Monday at 2pm ET.

Implementation Advisory Committee

The Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) counsels the LEED Steering Committee and USGBC staff on the scope, content and rigor of technical resources and tools supporting LEED programs, with the goal of maintaining LEED's integrity and providing an effective, predictable and satisfying experience for LEED users. The role and responsibilities of the LEED Implementation Advisory Committee are detailed in the committee’s purpose statement. The standing call time for this committee is Thursday at 11am ET.

Selection Criteria for LEED Committee Members

The Committees seek, at minimum, the following specific areas of expertise. Candidates may indicate additional expertise beyond these areas in their expression of interest form.

Pilot Credit Library Working Group (PCLWG)

  • Integrative process
  • Location and transportation
  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Materials and resources

Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG)

  • Renewable energy
  • Relevant energy standard and/or code development

Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group (EQ TAG)

  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62 and/or ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55
  • Natural ventilation
  • Materials emissions (manufacturer)
  • Mechanical systems equipment (manufacturer)
  • Certified industrial hygienist (practitioner)
  • Architect with indoor air quality expertise
  • Lighting and occupant comfort

Location & Planning Technical Advisory Group (LP TAG)

  • Site selection for single buildings or campuses
  • Transportation demand management for single buildings or campuses
  • Parking facilities
  • Transit agency operations or management
  • Bicycling infrastructure
  • Vehicle technology and efficiency, including electric vehicles
  • Resiliency
  • International biological expertise, including sensitive habitat protection

Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG)

  • Raw material extraction and supply chain
  • Materials scientist
  • Material specification
  • Life-cycle assessment and EPD programs
  • Product manufacturer
  • Corporate sustainability reporting
  • Project experience with green materials and strategies
    • Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (SS TAG)

      • Site management
      • Site construction
      • Contamination and remediation
      • Rainwater, hydrology and site water balance
      • Habitat conservation and restoration
      • Ecosystem services
      • Existing buildings projects

      Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group (WE TAG)

    • Project types with unusual water needs
    • Process and manufacturer water
    • Water fixtures

    Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC)

    • Residential
    • Building professional with small portfolio of projects
    • Public sector
    • Experience with other certification systems

    Technical Committee

    • Single-family residential, with expertise in affordable housing and/or community development preferred