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Vote now on the LEED 2009 energy performance update

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The LEED 2009 energy performance update ballot is now open. This update is a proposed increase to the minimum energy performance thresholds for LEED 2009 projects, with the goal of ensuring that LEED continues to keep pace with continually improving expectations for building energy efficiency.

With this change, project teams will be asked to earn a minimum of four points in the energy performance credits. Learn more about the update and why it's important.


  • The referenced energy standard and modeling requirements in LEED 2009 will not change; buildings falling under the proposed change can use the same methodologies and referenced standards, but will need to earn additional points in order to achieve certification.
  • The effective date of this change will be 30 days after the ballot period, if approved. Thus, this change will apply to LEED 2009 projects registering during the period between 30 days post-ballot and October 30, 2016 (the last day to register a project under LEED 2009).
  • Specific new point thresholds are provided for different building types (e.g., health care) to align the effective percentage of increase in performance.

Balloting details

The ballot period is when we at USGBC ask our membership to lend its voice one last time in the development process and determine if a change or update to LEED should be made official.

If you joined the consensus body (registered to vote) in December or January and you’re employed by a USGBC national member that has remained in good standing, you’ll receive an email with instructions and a direct link to our voting page. The ballot will be open for a minimum of 30 days.

Need a refresher on the changes? The resources below will help keep you up to date on the proposed changes: 

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