LEED 2009 Standards

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:08

This LEED credentials chart from GreenSource is a great tool for a description of the LEED credentials. It neatly lays out the future state of the LEED 2009 credentialing program. On one hand, I think that these changes are good, as they will continue to distinguish the LEED AP credential. LEED APs will continue to have specialized knowledge on sustainable building practices. This will mean more consulting opportunities and more differentiation for people with the LEED AP designation. This will be especially good for existing LEED APs.

On the other hand, I think that the LEED credential program risks alienating much of the building industry that is currently attracted to LEED. My company, Everblue Training Institute, teaches LEED courses around the country, and at least a third of our course attendees consist of product manufacturers, distributors, sales representatives, realtors, and policy makers. The first thing we have to do is dispel the myth that LEED is just for architects and the design community. For example, look at how manufacturers are racing to redesign products and label the points for which their products can help customers earn LEED points. The whole Green Associate label risks making this important constituency feel like second class citizens.

What do you think? Will the new LEED Green Associate and LEED AP standards be successful?

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