LEED Product Coordination Pursued
At a March 28–30, 2001 meeting in Racine Wisconsin, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members and staff met to discuss coordination of the LEED™ Rating System’s various products (see EBN ). Participants at the meeting, which was hosted by the USGBC and The Johnson Foundation, were members of the overall LEED Steering Committee and of the steering committees for each LEED product currently under development: LEED Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI), LEED Residential (LEED-R), LEED Operations and Management (LEED O&M), and LEED Commercial 3.0. Also present at the meeting were several Canadian and British guests who are considering possible ties to LEED. The enormous interest that design professionals are expressing in LEED has increased the momentum behind additional versions of the standard—over 1,200 have participated in LEED training workshops around the country, and the newly released accreditation exam is resulting in the first generation of “LEED Accredited Professionals.”
The meeting was called to ensure that LEED maintains consistency as it expands beyond its current single standard for commercial buildings. Currently, each of the products is being developed by independent teams, so in draft versions of the products some issues are being handled in inconsistent ways. After lively and far-reaching debate, meeting participants agreed on a proposal to fold all the separate products into one coordinated package, with discrete tracks for each of the types of building ratings. To ensure compatibility for users of the current system, the track for commercial buildings would not differ substantially from the LEED 2.0 standard currently in use. Proposals for dealing with special needs of other building types, regional adaptations, and multi-building projects were also explored. In other LEED-related developments, the first building to be certified under the current LEED 2.0 Standard was PNC Financial Services’ Firstside Center in Pittsburgh, which received a Silver rating. Also, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has announced that, starting in 2003, projects that go through Congressional approval (those with budgets over about $2 million) will be required to meet LEED Certification criteria.
For more information:
LEED Program Manager
U.S. Green Building Council
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