Developing LEED | U.S. Green Building Council
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We take our rating systems seriously

LEED didn’t become the nationally recognized benchmark for green building by chance. Our rating systems are supported by numerous USGBC staff and volunteers who serve on committees and advisory groups that are constantly reevaluating LEED to ensure it remains technically rigorous, market relevant and leadership-oriented.

Whether through clarification of language to a specific credit, an adaptation to an existing rating system or a comprehensive update to the entire suite of rating systems, our experts are dedicated to keeping LEED on the leading edge of the sustainable design and building movement.

You could say, LEED continuously seeks to outdo itself. And by setting the bar high, it has found lasting relevance.

Developing LEED around the world

Global consistency is the concept that no matter where in the world a LEED project is, its certification means the same thing and represents the highest level of leadership. With this as the core, USGBC has developed Global Alternative Compliance Paths, options within LEED credits that make LEED more applicable for projects around the world.

Taking this a step farther, USGBC is also developing Regional Alternative Compliance Paths. These options address different geographic and climactic regions while providing solutions to challenges faced by projects at a regional level. The first of these to be released are the Regional Alternative Compliance Paths for projects using LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance in Europe.

LEED ratings systems are updated through revisions on a regular development cycle.

Three basic types of LEED improvements

  1. Implementation and maintenance of the current version of LEED. This process includes the correction and clarification of credit language as well as fixing more substantive inaccuracies and omissions, which require a more rigorous review and approval process.
  2. Adaptations. The process for adaptations to existing ratings systems and their credits provides an efficient and streamlined approach for responding to the particular needs, constraints and opportunities of different project types.
  3. Next version. This is the comprehensive improvement phase of LEED development that occurs through a periodic evaluation and revision process. This phase includes multiple avenues for stakeholder input and final approval by USGBC members.
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