LEED 2009 to Include LEED Credits for Regional Environmental Priorities
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released LEED regional credits as part of LEED 2009, the new version of the LEED Green Building Rating System. These LEED credits encourage that specific regional environmental priorities are addressed when it comes to the design, construction and operations of buildings in different geographic locations. With the help of USGBC’s regional councils, chapters and affiliates, credits addressing six specific environmental issues within a region were identified from among the existing LEED credits. In LEED 2009, LEED projects will be able to earn “bonus points” for implementing green building strategies that address the important environmental issues facing their region. A project can be awarded as many as four extra points, one point each for achieving up to four of the six priority credits.
LEED 2009 is one of the three major components that make up LEED Version 3, the next version of the LEED green building certification program. Changes to the LEED rating system reflect the rapid advancements in building science and technology and provides incentives for strategies that have greater positive impacts on energy efficiency and CO2 emissions reductions, among other priorities. Other components of LEED v3 include a faster, smarter and easier-to-use LEED Online, the tool for managing the LEED registration and certification process; and a new building certification model administered by the Green Building Certification Institute through a network of internationally recognized independent ISO-accredited certification bodies.
To learn more, visit www.usgbc.org/leed2009.
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