LEED for Existing Buildings in Test Phase

LEED for Existing Buildings in Test Phase

On January 28, the U.S. Green Building Council announced a pilot program for LEED™ for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB™). This version of the LEED Rating System is intended to certify low-impact buildings, including buildings that were originally certified under LEED when they were built, as well as those not previously certified. The program seeks 50 participating buildings to test and refine the rating system before it is sent for approval by Council members in 2003.

As part of the certification process, data from building operations will be collected for one year and reviewed according to the LEED-EB Rating System. This system is an adaptation of LEED 2.0, including significant revisions to some credits, and a few entirely new credits and prerequisites. Participants will be required to attend an orientation workshop and pay a $2,000 fee. “This is a bundled fee for both registration and certification,” reports LEED-EB co-chair Michael Arny. Like everything else, the fee structure will be reviewed following the pilot phase. “After the pilot we’ll get a clearer idea of what is involved,” Arny notes.

The plan for LEED-EB is that buildings will go through an initial certification process that is fairly rigorous and then renew that certification annually in a simplified format. “To encourage people to keep their certification current, we envision a plaque with date of initial certification and slots for recertification dates,” reports Arny. As new buildings are certified under LEED based on modeling data rather than actual performance, recertification under LEED-EB will be an important step in validating performance. LEED-EB is also aimed at expanding the market for energy-efficient and green retrofits of buildings, both in terms of the scope of services provided— extending well beyond energy conservation measures—and the number of buildings served.

For more information: The LEED-EB Pilot Rating System, an application form, and other information are available at www.usgbc.org.

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