USGBC seeks feedback on LEED rating system

The U.S. Green Building Council, which is in the process of updating its LEED certification system for commercial buildings, has opened a public comment period for the next 30 days, until June 22. The updated rating system, called LEED 2009, will focus on improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and addressing environmental and human health issues.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building standards were first introduced in 2000.

“The ‘big ideas’ we’ve proposed include transparent weightings of LEED credits so the highest priority credits achieve the most points, a new mechanism for incorporating bioregional credits and a more nimble framework that supports rapid response to emerging environmental and human health issues,” said Scot Horst, chairman of the volunteer LEED steering committee.

For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.