If you’ve been worrying about taking the LEED exam or registering a project before the new version of LEED comes out, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The date for the release of the LEED v4 (formerly titled 2012) has been pushed back an entire year, much to the delight of many members of the green building community.
The USGBC planned to release the 2012 update to the LEED green building rating system in November 2012, but the new schedule allows for more public comment as well as time for project teams to pilot test the new rating system and hopefully work out the bugs. The balloting period is currently scheduled to begin next June, 2013.
LEED v4 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.
Some of the major changes and highlights of the LEED 2012 (now called v4) 4th Public Comment Draft include:
Everblue will keep you informed on the proposed changes to the rating system with a “LEEDv4 Technical Update Sneak Peak” course as well as periodic updates 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.
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.
It looks like we're in for some big changes, stay tuned!