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Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently opened the fifth public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED green building program, LEED v4. The comment period, which will close on December 10, enables the building community to view the most recent draft of the LEED rating systems and provide comments on any substantive changes.
“LEED v4 will have the greatest impact of any rating system we’ve developed by focusing on building performance and rewarding innovative product manufacturers who offer best-in-class products,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president, LEED, with the USGBC. “LEED v4 will help change the way project teams think, integrate, plan, execute and operate their buildings.”
When fully launched in 2013, USGBC intends for LEED v4 to provide an improved user experience with a more intuitive and efficient certification review and documentation process. The simplified reporting requirements will be thoroughly refined and tested by the LEED v4 beta testing group, the first crop of projects to pursue LEED v4 certification. The beta process enables project teams to engage with a pre-ballot version of LEED v4 with guided support from USGBC.
USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, taking place November 14-16 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, will give users an additional opportunity to explore LEED v4, including the new technical content and credit language. Public forums and educational sessions will be held to help stakeholders better understand the next draft, and the event will also serve as a platform to debut new resources designed to enhance the LEED user experience. AISC, along with the Steel Recycling Institute, is a Silver Sponsor of the conference and will be exhibiting at booth 3878N.