LEED User Group Insights: Focusing on sector best practices
Over the past few years, you may have seen or heard of USGBC articles and panels related to LEED User Groups, but you may not be familiar with who they are. LEED User Groups are participant-driven, USGBC-hosted peer networks that share a common goal of working together to elevate green building and lead the way for greater LEED adoption and efficiency within their respective industries. LEED User Groups identify, share and publicize best practices related to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings in four key sectors.
Participants are USGBC member organizations that are actively committed to making sustainability and LEED more applicable to their business and more relatable to their customers and stakeholders. The first User Group launched in 2012 to focus on sustainable industrial facilities, and in 2014, USGBC launched three additional LEED User Groups for retail and restaurant, hospitality and venues, and commercial real estate.
User Groups often use Greenbuild as an opportunity to share their results with the broader USGBC community—but once a year isn’t enough! Members convene regularly to discuss challenges and opportunities in their working area, which is why we’re kicking off our latest blog series, LEED User Group Insights, to share their industry knowledge:
- Best practices and tips
- Lessons learned
- Thought leadership
- Sector trends
Stay tuned for our next series post. In the meantime, here are some of our favorite articles focusing on User Group sectors:
- Five myths about using LEED for manufacturing and industrial facilities
- Myth #2: Factories can’t be green
- Myth #3: LEED is not worth the investment [in manufacturing facilities]
- Myth #4: Industrial process energy use is incompatible with LEED
- Myth #5: Industrial facilities are too large and complex for LEED
- Greener options for the manufacturing sector
- LEED User Groups: Connecting with attendees at Greenbuild 2014