LEED 2012 Summary

Mon, 2012-06-04 13:33

You’ve probably heard about the LEED 2012 update to the USGBC’s green building rating system that is scheduled for release in November 2012, at the Greenbuild Conference. LEED 2012 is a technical update (as opposed to the LEED 2009 administrative update), which means the green building bar is being raised in many ways and, of course, some controversy comes along with it.

The USGBC has not released a date for when reference guides, building certification, and exams will roll over to the new version (that is, of course, if it gets approved).

Some of the major changes and highlights of the draft 2012 update include:

  • Increases in technical rigor, including changes in referenced standards and minimum thresholds.
  • Adding new market sectors, such as data center, warehouse and distribution facilities, hospitality, existing schools and retail, and LEED for Homes Midrise building types.
  • Revised point distribution and credit weightings based on the USGBC’s priorities. Reducing contributions to global climate change is identified as the USGBC community’s highest priority.
  • A global version of LEED that is flexible for use around the world and focused on performance-based metrics.
  • Significant changes in the Material and Resources credit category concentrated on project teams “doing more with less” materials and incorporating a life cycle approach to materials.
  • Addition of a new credit category, “Location and Transportation,” that incorporates many of the Sustainable Sites credits and rewards buildings for locating in a LEED for Neighborhood Development project.
  • A change in the LEED AP Innovation Credit. Under the 2012 rating system, a LEED AP’s specialty (BD+C, O+M, ID+C, H, ND) has to match the rating system that the project is registered under in order to earn the credit.
  • Improvements in ease of use, including 30-minute-or-less templates, leveraging existing industry documents for credit documentation and building on the current version of LEED Online.

Everblue will be releasing a “LEED 2012 Technical Update Sneak Peak” course this summer based on the most current draft of the rating system. You can purchase this course separately or view it as a part of Everblue’s CMP 2.0 package. However, until the 2012 update is approved and supporting documentation and dates are made available, we cannot update our exam prep curriculum. If you’re ready to dig into the details of specific credits in specific rating systems, you can find the draft versions on the USGBC’s LEED 2012 web page: www.usgbc.org/leed2012.

It looks like we're in for some big changes - stay tuned!

By Peter J. Bock

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