Leadership in Energy and Environmental Demand (LEED) is a constantly evolving framework; always improving to reflect current technologies. Since LEED’s inception in 1998, there have been 3 versions released, as well as the addition of LEED for Homes, LEED for Schools, and LEED for Existing Buildings. The next version of LEED [LEED 2012 or Version 4] is launching Fall 2012. To accurately assess the state of sustainability and the needs for its growth and utility, three comment periods have been opened to allow the public to address any substantive changes proposed. The third period begins today, March 1, 2012 and runs through March 20, 2012.
Before finalized, LEED 2012 also has to be balloted and approved by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members. The ballot will be held from June 1-30, 2012. To vote in the LEED 2012 ballot, one must opt into the “Consensus Body”. The Consensus Body opt-in period begins April 2, 2012 and is open to employees of USGBC national member organizations in “good standing”. ...Read the rest of entry »