USGBC Proposes New LEED Standards for Existing Buildings

USGBC Proposes New LEED Standards for Existing Buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the newest version of LEED for Existing Buildings, which will focus more on operations and maintenance with fewer prerequisites.

Called LEED-EB v.2008, the rating system is in member ballot until Nov. 26. Operations and maintenance issues include cleaning, recycling programs, exterior maintenance, systems upgrades, food and beverage purchases, and waste handling. The new system will also contain updated referenced standards and expanded sections on water efficiency, energy performance and building commissioning.

"We're very excited about the improvement and enhancements in the rating system," said USGBC's National Accounts Director Doug Gatlin. "And we think we've provided the market with a powerful tool for helping building owners and their facility managers make substantive contributions to reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, and providing their occupants with healthier places to live, work and play."

Under the current rating system, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library was recently awarded LEED-EB Platinum Certification by the USGBC. The Little Rock, Ark., library was previously given Silver Certification under LEED for New Construction in 2004. Some of the initiatives that helped the library earn the new status include green cleaning, waste reduction, and climate neutrality through efficiency actions, onsite renewable energy and renewable energy credits.

The USGBC has also announced it’s offering free registration for all certified LEED-EB, LEED-NC, and LEED for Core and Shell buildings. Visit the USGBC for more information.