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USGBC’s COVID-19 Response

From six LEED pilot credits to resources for reopening K–12 schools, the U.S. Green Building Council is proffering a plethora of pandemic guidance.
Paula Melton
September 1, 2020

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is offering LEED incentives for actions taken in buildings to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. It also has provided guidance on construction projects, building re-entry for universities and K–12 schools, and facility management.

Safety First pilot credits

A total of six pilot credits are available—four for individual buildings (applicable to v2009, v4, and v4.1 projects) and two for LEED Cities and Communities.

Remember that achievement of any pilot credit requires participation in the associated LEEDuser forum.

Building Re-entry with Arc (not just for LEED projects)

Building Re-Entry with Arc is a free, comprehensive tool to help with building re-entry management—including continuous improvement and optional integration with rating systems.

With the introduction of this program, Arc—the software platform that underlies LEED Online and is developed by Arc Skoru, the for-profit subsidiary of USGBC—is no longer just for LEED projects. If you help manage an existing space, you can use the re-entry resources here.

You can learn more in this webinar and this BuildingGreen article.

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Outside resources

USGBC also maintains a page including other resources—mostly from third parties—on the following topics.

  • Safety information for construction sites
  • Re-opening guidance for K–12 schools and higher education
  • Facility O&M resources


Date updated: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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