LEED 2009 Passes Member Ballot
November 2008 - Energy Efficiency
LEED 2009 has passed member ballot and will be introduced in 2009 as the next major evolution of the existing LEED rating systems for commercial buildings.
The newest version of the green building certification program includes a series of technical advancements focused on improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, and addressing other environmental and human health outcomes, according to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED 2009 will also incorporate regional credits, extra points that have been identified as priorities within a project’s given environmental zone, USGBC says.
LEED has also undergone a scientifically grounded re-weighting of credits, changing allocation of points among LEED credits to reflect climate change and energy efficiency as more urgent priorities. This will be one of the most significant changes to the rating system, and will increase the importance of green building as a means of contributing immediate and measurable solutions toward energy independence, climate change mitigation, and other global priorities, according to USGBC.
LEED 2009 incorporates eight years worth of market and user feedback in the form of precedent-setting Credit Interpretation Rulings, which will ensure clarity for project teams.
Process innovation in how new technical advancements are incorporated into LEED will also be introduced alongside LEED 2009, including a pilot process for individual credits that will allow major new technical developments to be flexibly trialed, evaluated, and incorporated into LEED.