Saturday, October 31, 2009


In the newest version of the U.S. Green Building Council's green building standards, there's an element that has never before been in the LEED guidelines: A green building can now have its LEED certification revoked. That's got some industry professionals a little worried.

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 If they don't comply, their project's LEED status can be rescinded.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, casting a shadow on LEED's credibility. The purpose is to make the LEED certification translate to something increasingly meaningful.

Will this change inhibit some owners seeking LEED certification? We shall see.

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