LEED Version 3.0 Presented in Washington, Getting Good Marks from Architects
Back in January we called attention to the fact that the USGBC would be phasing in a new version of LEED throughout 2009 (“The Scoop on LEED Credentialing in 2009,” January 13).
Now LEED version 3 is making news again. Specifically, on May 15 the USGBC presented the retooled LEED guidelines at the Federal Green Building Summit, which was held at the International Trade Center just off the Mall in Washington, D.C. Senior White House Advisor Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Qualit, spoke at the event and talked about the way the federal economic recovery act will help to achieve the goals stated in the Energy Independence and Security Act (“Leed version 3 unveiled in Washington,” Mother Nature Network, May 15).
At least one set of early reactions to the new LEED is positive. Engineering News-Record reports that architects are praising the revised version. Greg Mella, a member of the American Institute of Architects committee on the environment and a principal of SmithGroup, Washington, D.C., called the revisions “a step forward” because the new LEED recognizes the connection between energy conservation and climate change (“Green Building Rating System Revamp Gets High Marks,” May 13).
If you want to be reminded of what’s new in the new LEED guidelines, we refer you to our January post, linked to above. Also, in March a nicely compact article appeared from Greensource with clear explanations of what’s changed in the LEED guidelines: “Path to LEED Accreditation Shifts.”
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