USGBC Launches LEED Rating System for Neighborhood Development

USGBC Launches LEED Rating System for Neighborhood Development

After almost three years of pilot testing, the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system for Neighborhood Development launches today as a national benchmark for sustainable community design.

The USGBC with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Congress for the New Urbanism, which helped develop the standard and the pilot, are ushering in the council's newest rating system by conducting presentations in Chicago and Washington, D.C., today.

When the pilot began in summer 2007, USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi called LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) the vision for "the next generation of green building thinking."

"By applying what we've learned about individual green buildings to entire neighborhoods, we're linking urban planning and environmentally friendly design and construction in a whole new, beneficial and healthy way," Fedrizzi said at the time.

Two-hundred-thirty-nine projects in six countries -- the U.S., Canada, China, Mexico, South Korea and the Bahamas -- registered for the pilot and so far 68 have been certified at the basic, silver, gold and platinum levels.

Projects in the pilot that have attained certification include:

  • The Dockside Green Synergy development, which earned a recording-setting 63 LEED points and attained LEED-Platinum certification in July 2008. It also was named one of the Top 10 greening building projects by the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment last year.
  • Beijing's Olympic Village, which landed LEED-Gold certification in August 2008.
  • Currie Barracks, part of sweeping plan to redevelop a decommissioned Canadian Forces Base, which received LEED-Gold certification in September 2008.
  • The Navy Yard at Noisette, a portion of the vast Noisette project in North Charleston, S.C., recently became certified.

More information about LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) is available from on the USGBC website.

Image of Synergy, Phase I of the Dockside Green project, courtesy of Perkins + Will.