U.S. Green Building Council Creates New Rating System for Commercial Interiors

U.S. Green Building Council Creates New Rating System for Commercial Interiors

The U.S. Green Building Council is pleased to introduce the brand new LEED Green Building Rating System for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI). Previously in pilot, the rating system has been balloted by the USGBC membership and is now a fully launched product. LEED-CI is the third green building rating system that has been developed by the USGBC following the LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) and LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) green building rating systems.

LEED-CI serves building owners and occupants as well as the interior designers and architects who design building interiors and the teams of professionals who install them. LEED-CI addresses performance areas including: selection of sustainable tenant space; efficiency of water usage; energy performance optimization including lighting and lighting controls; resource utilization for interior building systems and furnishings, and; indoor environmental quality including comprehensive emissions criteria. The USGBC's Annual Conference and Expo Greenbuild, which was held recently in Portland, Ore., previewed the rating system during a Certification Ceremony, which recognized certified LEED-CI pilot projects.

"The long-awaited launch of LEED-CI has been met with much anticipation," said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC president, CEO & founding chair. "The commercial interiors market is 16 times larger than the new commercial construction market. With the challenge of taking on the commercial interiors market, also comes a unique opportunity to shape this sector."

A companion rating system, LEED for Core & Shell Development (LEED-CS), is currently under development. Together, LEED-CI and LEED-CS will establish green building criteria for commercial real estate for use by both developers and tenants.

For more information and resources on green building practices, as well as the LEED rating system, visit GreenerBuildings.com.