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LEED 2012 3rd Public Comment Period and Beyond: The Future of LEED

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With every new draft of LEED 2012, starting in November 2010, then August 2011, and now March 2012, USGBC has redefined our expectations of what the LEED rating systems are. The latest overhaul is likely to be the last, however, as much of the latest revisions amount to fine-tuning, and USGBC plans to put the new system out for member ballot in June, and launch it in November.

LEEDuser has been following the changes closely and publishing guidance on them (see our LEED 2012 page), while also hosting public forums to spur discussion and improve understanding of the changes.

LEEDuser's LEED 2012 experts cover the key issues

Now LEEDuser is pleased to offer this presentation by Tristan Roberts, LEED AP BD+C editorial director for LEEDuser. This live, hour-long webcast will cover the following topics:
  • Where the LEED AP credit and a new Integrative Process credit are going
  • How the Materials and Resources (MR) section has been overhauled, yet again, and where USGBC hopes to take the market
  • What the new Location and Transportation (LT) section and credits mean for LEED-NC projects
  • How the bar is being raised for EAp2 an EAc1
  • The new systems-based approach to low-emitting products

Don't forget LEED-EBOM

LEEDuser is also excited to team up with Jenny Carney, LEED AP O+M of YR&G Sustainability, in the webcast. Jenny and her team (the same team behind LEEDuser's EBOM content) have analyzed the new direction for LEED-EBOM and will share their analysis:
  • How the alternative commuting credit could get a lot harder for all buildings, especially schools
  • New, clearer parameters for performance metrics in the site management section
  • More difficult baseline criteria for water efficiency. Is it truly cost-effective?
  • How a 20% improvement option for energy efficiency is out the window, and what that could mean
  • How new purchasing criteria could make the MR section a bit trickier

Continuing education

LEEDuser will apply for continuing education approval for this webcast, but due to the short turnaround time we cannot guarantee that it will be available. We will share the status of this course during the webcast.

About the presenters

Tristan Roberts, LEED AP BD+C – LEEDuser

Tristan is editorial director for BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of LEEDuser,, Environmental Building News. and GreenSpec. He is well known on the LEEDuser discussion forums for his explanations of LEED credit tricks and tips, and is a sustainability expert with years of experience writing about key topics in green building. He will gladly share how many LEED APs it takes to change a light bulb.

Jenny Carney, LEED AP O+M – YR&G

Jenny heads up YRG's Business & Operations Team, based in YRG's Chicago office. She oversees YRG project work related to LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) certification, corporate sustainability programming and reporting, and sustainability strategy development for businesses and existing buildings. She sits on the USGBC-Chicago Chapter's Education & Research committee, and is a member of the USGBC's Sustainable Sites TAG (Technical Advisory Group).

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