USGBC announces changes to LEED 2012
Changes address revised delivery and ballot schedule
In response to concerns raised by members, core LEED users and stakeholders, and in an effort to provide the marketplace a view of the full LEED program experience prior to ballot, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it will delay ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013 (or potentially earlier in 2013 if USGBC members and the market indicate readiness for ballot). Because of this date change, LEED 2012 is being renamed LEED v4.
"LEED pushes the envelope to bring transformation to the market - that's what we do," said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED. "We remain committed to that, and to making sure that what we deliver is complete and can be successfully implemented."
In addition to the ballot date change, other actions include:
- Keeping LEED 2009 open for registration for three years
- Continuing to ask for the market's assistance in "test driving" LEED v4 to gain important insight during a time when improvements in usability infrastructure can be made
- Committing to a fifth public comment that will open on Oct. 2, 2012, and run through Dec. 10, 2012 to take advantage of Greenbuild where USGBC will hold public forums and educational sessions on site in San Francisco. This will help stakeholders better understand requirements as well as any final changes that may appear in the new draft. Greenbuild will also serve as a platform to debut new forms, submittal documents and LEED Online enhancements that will help improve and enhance the user experience
For more information please visit usgbc.org/LEEDv4.
About the Author
Jennifer Easton is a Communications Associate for the U.S. Green Building Council.