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What To Know about LEEDv3


Today’s tip is about the new version of LEED that came out in April, 2009. Titled LEED version 3, the program encompasses updates to the LEED rating systems – or, LEED 2009 – a new certification model administered by an organization called the Green Building Certification Institute, and an update to the LEED Online tool. The new LEED 2009 includes updates and credit restructuring for all the rating systems, including for New Construction, Existing Buildings, Core and Shell, Commercial Interiors, Homes, Schools, Healthcare and Neighborhood Development. Now, each rating system is based on a 100-point scale – with six additional points available for Innovation and Exemplary Performance, and four additional points available for new region-specific credits. To get to the Certified level, project teams have to earn between 40 and 49 points, 50 to 59 for Silver, 60 to 79 for Gold, and 80 or more for Platinum. The Green Building Certification Institute has also added two new levels of accreditation, in addition to the LEED AP credential. The LEED Green Fellow is for non-technical industry people and the LEED Fellow recognizes the top tier of leadership in the green building industry. USGBC and GBCI are currently in the process of building the exams, as well as creating Reference Guides for each of the new rating systems. You can get more information at www.usgbc.org or www.gbci.org.

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