Public Input Sought on LEED Changes, Data Center Standards and More

Public Input Sought on LEED Changes, Data Center Standards and More

The U.S. Green Building Council is calling for public comment to help shape the next version of LEED.

The first public comment session concludes on January 14 for all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, including the rating system groups for Building Design & Construction, Interior Design & Construction and Buildings Operations & Maintenance; LEED for Neighborhood Development and LEED for Homes.

The material includes proposed standards for data centers, warehouse and distribution centers and hospitality as well as the rating systems for schools, retail and healthcare facilities that were adopted in LEED 2009.

The LEED green building rating and assessment systems were designed to undergo continuous development and updating. Only USGBC members vote on whether to adopt LEED changes, but the organization widely solicits input to refine the iterations leading up to the final draft that goes to ballot.

The current public comment session opened on November 8, a week before the organization's annual Greenbuild conference and trade expo. Information about how to submit comments is available from the USGBC at:
www.usgbc.org/LEED/LEEDDrafts/RatingSystemVersions.aspx?CMSPageID=1458

A second public comment period is scheduled for July 1 through August 15. The balloting period for changes is projected for August 1 through 31 in 2012 with the release of LEED revisions anticipated for November 7 that year.

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