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USGBC Set to Open 'LEED 2009' for Public Comment


Have a restful weekend and make sure to check your email on Monday morning, May 19th, because the USGBC is set to open LEED v3 / LEED 2009 to public comment.

The first step in the process is simply sorting through the new naming convention.  The overall initiative (LEED Version 3) is designed to improve LEED project execution, documentation, and certification.  There are three key pieces:

  • LEED 2009 (LEED Rating System Updates/Revisions)
  • Revision to LEED certification process
  • LEED Online v3

Based on early information, it appears that USGBC is trying to strike a balance between incorporating technical advances in green building science while continuing to capitalize on LEED's rapid market update.  Trying to please both early adopters and mainstream audiences may prove to be difficult task. All the while, LEED critics will begin pouring over the documents for areas to focus their attacks.

One area in particular, will be the subject of a lot of interest: The use of Life Cycle Assessment in LEED.  According to Michelle Moore, Senior Vice President, Policy & Public Affairs for USGBC, "a separate, yet related process to integrate LCA into LEED will be opened for public comment in Summer 2008."  Stay tuned for that one.

If you really can't wait for Monday, the USGBC has a five-page LEED 2009 Vision Executive Summary [pdf] available.  Enjoy your last quiet weekend.


This is going to be exciting. Also enjoyed reading Stephen's article on this called:

What will LEED v3 Mean for Green Building Legislation?

On a side note, the LEED Steering Committee is also soliciting comments from each regional council to gather "environmental zone" data (based on zip code) to create "LEED Regionalism" bonus credits that will tie into the six LEED 2009 categories. One regionalism credit will be tied to each category, but only 4 maximum bonus points will be possible. LEED 2009 will have 100 points available, and the regional bonus points will be additional.

I've made an attempt at summarizing far too much information about the new LEED 2009 draft into a tidy blog post:


Joel McKellar, LEED AP

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I think there are a lot of upsides to having these green options. When we focus on green building techniques, we are helping out the future generations. This should be a hit..

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