Tuesday, November 10, 2009

LEED Certification Now Comes with Monitoring and Reporting Requirement

LEED certification can now be revoked by USGBC
Dani Grigg, Idaho Business Review, October 19, 2009

A green building can have its certification revoked in the newest version of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards.

New rules require building owners to submit performance data on an ongoing basis for five years after certification. If they don't comply, their project's LEED status can be rescinded.

The USGBC has said this change was spurred by studies showing some LEED buildings were not performing up to expectations.

Some developers might be worried about the new requirements - it's a financial investment to get LEED certification.

The Living Building Program, which is a program designed by the Cascadia chapter of the USGBC, already requires buildings to wait a year after opening before earning certification. At that point, there's enough data on energy usage to make a determination about performance.

Read the complete article here.

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