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LEED and ISO 50001 ACPs: Recognizing leadership in energy management

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USGBC has released a new pathway in LEED by recognizing ISO 50001: 2011- Energy Management Systems in USGBC’s LEED rating system for existing buildings.

ISO 50001 is an international standard for energy management, providing a framework for integrating energy performance into organizational management practices. This standard allows companies to develop policies for the efficient use of energy and to fix targets to meet energy goals through energy benchmarking, data analysis and performance improvement. The goals of ISO 50001 align to the energy goals of many credits within LEED.

To help with this effort, Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) were developed in conjunction with key leaders in the green building market, including the LEED International Roundtable, energy management experts, and ISO 50001 practitioners such as DEKRA Sustainability, Intel and JW Marriott.

ISO 50001 has experienced rapid market growth, particularly in the United States, Europe, and Asia. As GBC Italia noted, the recognition of ISO 50001 certification in LEED creates a convergence between LEED and European Directives on energy efficiency. Many multinational organizations find particular value implementing ISO 50001 across their building portfolios to fulfill energy efficiency targets.

Here’s what green building leaders are saying about ISO 50001’s integration into LEED:

“LEED is a global language, and recognizing the positive environmental benefit captured from global leadership standards like ISO 50001 is an important step for us to take.”

- Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED, USGBC

“As LEED expands internationally, we are encouraged by USGBC’s decision to accept ACPs including ISO 50001,”

- Shigeru Urashima, Engineering Senior Staff Architect, Intel Corporate

“ISO 50001 is an important energy management standard and we have been a very early adopter of this standard. The ACPs for ISO 50001 are a very welcome step that will be greatly appreciated by both large and medium-sized commercial building owners and operators.”

- Satish Kumar, Energy Efficiency Ambassador and Vice President, Schneider Electric India 

"The result [of the integration] helped USGBC forge a new alternative compliance pathway for companies that leverages the strengths of both systems, and provides an effective solution to pursue both LEED and ISO 50001."

- Jennifer Cooper, Senior Director of Sustainability, DEKRA Sustainability

“Marriott International is committed to reducing the company’s energy consumption 20 percent by 2020, and the ISO 50001 process has broadened our way of thinking about energy and the carbon footprint on our environment.”

- Rajaram Srinivasan, Director of Engineering, JW Marriott

The ISO 50001 ACPs will be initially launched as pilot, and USGBC is currently accepting projects for participation. To learn more, go to the LEED Pilot Credit Library or email [email protected].

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Emily Loquidis

Project Manager, LEED International Technical Development, PMP, LEED AP BD+C U.S. Green Building Council

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Sustainability Advisor, Ph.D., LEED AP , MANENS-TIFS s.p.a.
The recognition of ISO 50001 within the LEED represents a new opportunity for synergy between two virtuous and effective approaches.

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