USGBC Unveils New LEED Pilot Credits

Sun, 2009-11-22 12:45

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently unveiled five new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits that are being investigated in a pilot program currently underway, according to Jetson Green.

The pilot LEED credits include: Life Cycle Assessment of Building Assemblies and Materials, Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic (PBT) Source Reduction, Medical and Process Equipment Efficiency, Innovative Ventilation, Preliminary Integrative Project Planning & Design, the story stated.

According to the story, ever since announcing the new LEED Version 3 in 2009, the USGBC has been talking about putting LEED on a regular cycle of refinement and improvement in order to keep it at the forefront of green building.

These new credits will be available as Innovation & Design credits for current projects utilizing the pilot credits and, as speculated, will likely appear as part of the next revision of LEED.

It is hoped that these pilot credits will be adopted and will help push the industry in a greener direction in new and important areas relevant to human health and safety.