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February 2010

This is the second edition of the new LEED Update newsletter from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED Update will keep LEED project teams and others who are interested informed and up-to-date on LEED news and updates. You are receiving LEED Update because you have subscribed for it, but you may have colleagues who might also benefit by subscribing to LEED Update. Please feel free to forward this newsletter.

LEED and Certified Wood: Public Comment and Consensus Body Opt-In

USGBC has begun gathering the third round of public comments regarding proposed changes to the LEED Materials & Resources credits that recognize the use of certified wood products. Additionally, employees of USGBC member organizations who want to vote on the proposed changes may now opt in to the consensus body. Members who plan to vote on the credit changes must first opt in to the consensus body.

Review the proposed changes and submit your comments by March 14 »
Members, opt in to the consensus body by 5 p.m. EST March 24 »

LEED Online v3 Improvements: System and Forms

On Feb. 20, a number of enhancements were launched in LEED Online version 3. Overall, many of the enhancements have been made to increase the performance of LEED Online, speed up the loading time for forms and the credit pages themselves, and improve the customer experience. Please note that some of these enhancements involve navigation changes within the system. Enhancements include:

  • Revised forms for medium- to high-impact credits. See a full listing of affected forms and their revisions »
  • File Uploads tab functionality improvements. This allows the display of upload requirements based on form selections (by compliance path and submittal option).
  • Licensed Professional Exemptions tab functionality improvements. Now, Licensed Professional requirements will display based on form selections (compliance path and submittal option).

For a comprehensive and up-to-date summary of release notes, please select the “Release Notes” link that the top of the home page after logging in to LEED Online.

LEED Online v2 Template Fixes

A number of LEED Online v2 templates have been redeployed with fixes and clarifications. View a current list of fixes, along with instructions on how to access the corrected templates (PDF) »

The following is a sampling of the templates recently fixed:

  • LEED for Core & Shell v2.0 SSc4.2 template: Calculation fixes were made in Options 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • LEED for New Construction v2.2, LEED for Core & Shell v2.0, and LEED for Schools 2007 SSc6.1 templates: Documentation requirements were clarified for Options 1 and 2.
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors v2.0 EQc4.5 template: A compliance option was added to the template to allow BIFMA M7.1-2005 and X7.1-2005.

Future template fixes will be posted to the link provided above, as they are deployed.

LEED Rating System Selection Policy

The Rating System Selection Policy is now available. This policy offers straightforward guidance to project teams trying to choose a rating system for a building or space that does not fall neatly into one LEED rating system.

View the policy »

LEED 2009 Reference Guide Addenda

On Feb. 1, the Addenda to the various LEED Reference Guides (2009 Editions) were updated. It is strongly recommended that project teams adhere to the Reference Guide addenda based on registration date.

Reference Guide Addenda: Green Building Design and Construction (PDF) »
Reference Guide Addenda: Green Interior Design and Construction (PDF) »
Reference Guide Addenda: Green Building Operations and Maintenance (PDF) »

The next addenda publication date is slated for April 2010.

Job Opportunities at GBCI

GBCI is assembling a dynamic, integrated team of green building specialists to provide technical expertise for LEED certification and the advancement of the LEED rating systems. GBCI is looking for specialists in the following areas:

  • Architecture (architecture, landscape architecture, interior design)
  • Engineering (mechanical, civil, structural)
  • Planning (urban/transportation/environmental planning, urban design)
  • Building Operations (facility management, property management)
  • Environmental Science (ecology, biology, environmental management)

Learn more »

EQ Credit 4.4: Bamboo & Cork Guidance

Pertaining to LEED for Commercial Interiors (v2.0 and 2009), LEED for New Construction (v2.2 and 2009), and LEED for Core & Shell (v2.0 and 2009) rating systems:

Q: Are bamboo products and cork flooring required to be included in EQc4.4? Is cork flooring itself considered the type of agrifiber product that is required to be included? Is an engineered cork flooring product with a composite wood component required to be included?
A: Bamboo and cork products both are included in EQc4.4 Low Emitting Material – Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products. The finishes on these products (when they are flooring) are included in EQc4.3 Low Emitting Materials – Flooring Systems. Project teams may include bamboo and cork in the equation (both numerator and denominator) for MRc7 Certified Wood at their discretion. Laminates themselves are not included in EQc4.4; only the adhesive used.

LEED Next Version Improvements Under Way

The LEED Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) are currently working on improvements to the LEED rating systems as part of the next version of LEED. These changes include revisions to existing requirements as well as the introduction of new ideas. After an internal LEED committee review and approval by the LEED Steering Committee and Board of Directors, the next version of LEED will be available for comment by the public this summer. >

LEED Market Adaptations in Development

LEED Market Adaptation working groups are currently developing revisions to LEED for the following markets:

  • Existing Schools
  • Existing Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Data Centers
  • Warehouses and Distribution Centers

Each working group has identified six issues within LEED for proposed revision based on their building type’s unique needs. These changes will be part of the LEED Next Version Improvements that will be available to the public for comment this summer.

Alternatives to the Project CIR Process

USGBC is currently developing a process by which any LEED stakeholder (whether part of a registered project team or not) may submit a request or highly technical inquiry directly to USGBC. Unlike Project CIRs that are only applicable to a specific project, these inquiries will be processed and issued by USGBC and will set precedent across all applicable LEED programs. Fees and turn-around times associated with submitting these inquiries is to be determined. More information on this process will be made available in the coming weeks.

LEED 2009 Italia in Pilot

The LEED Steering Committee has recently approved a revised version of LEED 2009 for New Construction to be piloted in Italy. The GBC-Italia worked closely with USGBC to develop this modified version of the U.S. rating system. Revisions to LEED include the replacement of reference standards, modification of credit requirements and adjustment of thresholds based on Italian and European standards and laws.

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