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January 2011

The LEED Update newsletter from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute is meant to keep LEED project teams and others who are interested in being informed and up-to-date on LEED resources, program launches and important dates. You are receiving LEED Update because you have subscribed to it, but you may have colleagues who might also benefit by subscribing to LEED Update. Please feel free to forward this newsletter.

LEED for New Construction v2.1 Sunset Date: Dec. 15, 2011

The sunset date for LEED for New Construction version 2.1 will occur on Dec. 15, 2011. All projects currently registered under LEED for New Construction version 2.1 may either submit for certification or upgrade at no cost to a newer version of the LEED rating system by Dec. 15, 2011. Projects that do not submit for certification or upgrade to a newer version of the LEED rating system prior to this date will be retired and will be ineligible to certify under their current registration. These projects will be removed from the LEED registered project list on the GBCI website.

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LEED 2009 Sample Forms

Sample forms for all LEED 2009 rating systems (including LEED for Neighborhood Development and LEED for Retail) are now available. To download, log into LEED Online and click "Sample Form Download" at top right. Sample forms are available in two formats. Project registration is not required. See LEED Online for more information.

LEED for Healthcare Draft Submittals

Project teams can register for LEED 2009 for Healthcare certification in LEED Online, but the full certification functionality including credit forms is not yet available. The release of the tools associated with the LEED 2009 for Healthcare rating system, such as the reference guide supplement and LEED Online functionality, will occur throughout the first two quarters of 2011.

In preparation for this full build-out, submittal drafts are now available, and we are requesting your feedback. These drafts are designed to assist project teams in assessing if LEED for Healthcare is a good fit for their project or as guidance for certification with LEED for Healthcare. The submittal drafts are for informational purposes only and cannot be used for project certification.

USGBC is providing these submittal drafts as a benefit for project teams that plan to use LEED 2009 for Healthcare. Teams should be aware that these submittal drafts are a first step and the final LEED Credit Forms used in LEED Online v3 for project certification will likely incorporate revisions to the submittal drafts. All feedback on these drafts submitted via the surveys on the website by Feb. 15 will be taken into consideration in the final development of the LEED Credit Forms. This is an approach different from that USGBC has taken in the past, and we are excited to receive market feedback prior to finalizing our submittal requirements.

New Energy Resources for LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Customers

USGBC has released two more resources to help LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance projects address special situations involving energy in LEED. The first is formal guidance for projects connected to district or campus thermal energy systems, which is the initial release for LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M and complements USGBC's existing guidance for new construction projects. The second is an update to the EAp2 / EAc1 offline calculator for projects ineligible for an ENERGY STAR rating. The update adds new functionality to rate laboratory space using the Labs21 Energy Benchmarking Tool. Both of these resources apply to LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M v2008 and v2009.

Guidelines for Third-Party Credentials in LEED

LEED 2009 for New Construction, LEED 2009 for Schools, LEED 2009 for Core & Shell, and LEED for New Construction v2.2 will now recognize other personnel credentials that serve a similar role as the LEED AP. The purpose of the two-part guideline is to ensure that the requirements for recognition of a personnel credential in LEED are clearly understood. These guidelines are applicable to LEED projects that have not been certified as of Jan. 14, 2011.

LEED 2009 for Retail

On Nov. 15, 2010, LEED 2009 for Retail: New Construction & Major Renovations and LEED 2009 for Retail: Commercial Interiors went live. Project teams have access to all prerequisite and credit forms to submit their documentation in LEED Online. The two reference guide supplements are also on sale now. For more information visit www.usgbc.org/leed/retail. To register a LEED for Retail project, visit LEED Online.

LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development Certification

Full certification is now available for LEED for Neighborhood Development projects. Teams working on registered projects may now access all prerequisite and credit forms and submit their documentation in LEED Online. For more information on the registration and certification process, please visit the GBCI website at www.gbci.org/leednd.

New Educational Resources

Wondering how you can find success tackling issues in LEED? USGBC has a number of new resources designed specifically with implementers in mind. Visit the links below for more information.

EA Credit 1: Resources for Success

Meeting IEQp1: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
This webinar will investigate strategies for HVAC design professionals to successfully meet the minimum indoor air quality requirements set by ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007.

Introducing: 300-Level Case Studies of LEED Projects, From Your Peers
USGBC's LEED Stories From Practice provide you with the opportunity to read, see, and hear all about green building. These print-friendly e-books each contain a project overview, timeline, key LEED strategies used, and full project narratives from on-site interviews with various project team members.

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