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October 2009
Pilot Credit Library Allows Teams to Guide the Improvement of LEED

The strength of the LEED green building certification program lies in its ability to constantly grow, adapt and improve through a process driven by consensus, innovation and feedback from LEED users. This week, USGBC launched the LEED Pilot Credit Library, a new tool that will add to the flexibility of that continuous improvement process.

The ability to introduce proposed new credits and prerequisites to LEED through a credit-by-credit pilot process was a key component to LEED v3, the newest version of LEED that was released in April 2009. Credit piloting allows LEED to adhere to a predictable improvement cycle while remaining adaptable. Because innovation doesn’t follow a schedule, the ability to introduce new ideas to LEED without waiting for the launch of an entirely new version of the rating systems is critical to the ability of LEED to continue to raise the bar and drive the marketplace toward greater sustainability. With the introduction this week of six proposed new LEED credits, the LEED Pilot Credit Library is now up and running – and ready for your help to ensure the highest level of integrity.

LEED project teams that find any of the proposed credits suitable to their projects are encouraged to participate in pilot testing those credits. All participating project teams will submit evaluation forms, providing input on the proposed credit’s strengths and weaknesses. This feedback will be reviewed by a Pilot Working Group established by the LEED Steering Committee and will help inform improvements to the content of the credit or prerequisite or determine whether it is suited for introduction into LEED. Any new credit or prerequisite will go before the USGBC membership for balloting before it can be introduced into LEED.

Each project that participates in a credit’s pilot and submits feedback will receive one Innovation & Design or Innovation in Operations credit, regardless of whether it would have achieved the actual credit being piloted. Because the credits are in pilot and are not yet part of LEED, points will not be awarded for achieving the pilot credit itself.

The credits currently being piloted are:

  • Pilot Credit 1: Life Cycle Assessment of Building Assemblies and Materials.
  • Pilot Credit 2: PBT Source Reduction: Dioxins and Halogenated Organic Compounds.
  • Pilot Credit 3: Medical and Process Equipment Efficiency.
  • Pilot Credit 4: Innovative Ventilation.
  • Pilot Credit 5 & 6: Preliminary Integrative Project Planning & Design.

To read the proposed credit language, learn more about the credit piloting, or register your project to participate in a pilot, visit the Pilot Credit Library »

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