LEED v4 Passes Ballot Initiative in Landslide Vote

Tue, 2013-07-02 13:47

Since the last LEED update in 2009, there has been much anticipation for the new iteration of the next green building standard, LEED Version 4. On July 2, 2013, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the proposed changes in the new standard passed the ballot process with a final tally of 86% in favor of LEED v4. Several key stakeholders, from those in the user, general interest, and producer categories, all provided support for the new LEED initiative, exceeding the requirement of 66.7% of the favorable vote to pass. The final tally, broken down across categories is as follows:

  • 90% approval rating from those in the user category
  • 77% approval rating from those in the general interest category
  • 89% approval rating form those in the producer category

The various stakeholders, representing over 46 countries and territories around the world and all 50 U.S. states (including the District of Columbia), consisted of industry professionals, manufacturers, educators, and other green building leaders, to whom the LEED rating applies. Now that the LEED v4 ballot initiative has passed, including a review from the LEED Steering Committee, the next step in the process is to introduce LEED v4 at this year’s Greenbuild Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, PA. It is at this event, where various green building professionals and companies including Everblue will be attending, that the USGBC will provide extensive information regarding the final changes to the LEED standard before implementation (including the introduction of new, streamlined forms and new reference guides).

Currently, there are more than 100 projects pursuing certification through the LEED v4 Beta program, with many in the review phase of the projects receiving certification as early as this summer. Although there is still work that needs to be done prior to its implementation, the success of the ballot initiative will ensure that all stakeholders are satisfied with the changes being implemented later this year. For more information on LEED v4, please visit Everblue’s LEED Version 4 Overview course or call us at 800-460-2575.

By Peter J. Bock