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Several key changes are proposed for a new structure for the LEED-

LEEDuser provides guidance to the third public comment period on LEED 2012, the next version of the LEED rating systems. This public comment period is scheduled to run from March 1st to March 20th.

Update: USGBC has opened a 4th public comment period, with a LEEDuser forum here. Also, check out our webcast that goes behind the scenes on LEED 2012 reference guide and credit form development.

USGBC has announced the opening of the third public comment period on LEED 2012, the latest update to the LEED rating systems, on March 1.

USGBC has announced the opening of the third public comment period on LEED 2012, the latest update to the LEED rating systems, on March 1. It will run through March 20th, and then LEED 2012 in its final form will be voted on by membership between June 1–30. But to be eligible to vote, USGBC members will have to opt in to the official voting body, which good-standing members can do between April 2 and May 1.

LEEDuser will offer more detail on the current draft of LEED 2012 when the comment period opens.

"Often required by reviewers" is not an appropriate response to a direct question about where this language appears in credit requirements.

by Michelle Rosenberger

We are seeing more and more review comments with requirements cited that don't seem to exist specific to our project's registration date and/or rating system. Generally, we are able to pose a further question about these comments that reveals that fact. Last week we got a clarification request on our EQpr2 Environmental Tobacco Smoke documentation for a v2.2 residential project. The comment denied our no smoking lease language and referred to 5 bullet points that must be included in a residential lease. We have never seen these 5 bullet points before.

GBCI has posted a set of LEED Project Submittal Tips

A lot of you have asked over the last couple years: What information are LEED reviewers looking at when they're reviewing our LEED documentation, and can't that information be made available to everyone?

A guideline for alternative compliance paths

by Susann Geithner

According to the USGBC about 40% of the newly registered projects are now non-US projects. So finally the USGBC provides new guidelines for international projects.

A guideline for alternative compliance paths for the following credits:

LEED NC 2009

SS c1, SS c3, SS c4.1, SS c4.4, SS c6.1, SS c8

WE c1

MR c5

IEQ P1, IEQ P2, IEQ c1, c2, c3.2, c4.3, c5, c6.2, c7.1, c7.2

Repeat performance unlikely

A lawsuit filed in October 2010 against the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its LEED rating systems has been dismissed in a strongly worded ruling issued August 16.

Key changes in the the Performance (PF) section of LEED-NC (part of LEED BD&C) in the second public comment draft of LEED 2012 are discussed below.

Do you have comments or questions on this draft? Discuss them below with your fellow LEED professionals. Substantive comments posted here during USGBC's second public comment period  will be submitted to USGBC and considered "official" public comments.

More information on LEED 2012 certification and the second public comment

Performance (PF)

Key changes in the the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) section of LEED-NC (part of LEED BD&C) in the second public comment draft of LEED 2012 are discussed below.

 Do you have comments or questions on this draft? Discuss them below with your fellow LEED professionals. Substantive comments posted here during USGBC's second public comment period  will be submitted to USGBC and considered "official" public comments.

More information on LEED 2012 certification and the second public comment

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

Major Changes

Key changes in the the Materials & Resources (MR) section of LEED-NC (part of LEED BD&C) in the second public comment draft of LEED 2012 are discussed below.

 Do you have comments or questions on this draft? Discuss them below with your fellow LEED professionals. Substantive comments posted here during USGBC's second public comment period  will be submitted to USGBC and considered "official" public comments.

More information on LEED 2012 certification and the second public comment

Materials and Resources (MR)

Major Changes

Key changes in the the Energy & Atmosphere (EA) section of LEED-NC (part of LEED BD&C) in the second public comment draft of LEED 2012 are discussed below.

Do you have comments or questions on this draft? Discuss them below with your fellow LEED professionals. Substantive comments posted here during USGBC's second public comment period  will be submitted to USGBC and considered "official" public comments.

More information on LEED 2012 certification and the second public comment

Energy and Atmosphere (EA)

 

Major Changes

Key changes in the the Water Efficiency (WE) section of LEED-NC (part of LEED BD&C) in the second public comment draft of LEED 2012 are discussed below.

Do you have comments or questions on this draft? Discuss them below with your fellow LEED professionals. Substantive comments posted here during USGBC's second public comment period  will be submitted to USGBC and considered "official" public comments.

More information on LEED 2012 certification and the second public comment

Water Efficiency (WE)

Major Changes

Key changes in the the Sustainable Sites (SS) section of LEED-NC (part of LEED BD&C) in the second public comment draft of LEED 2012 are discussed below.

Do you have comments or questions on this draft? Discuss them below with your fellow LEED professionals. Substantive comments posted here during USGBC's second public comment period  will be submitted to USGBC and considered "official" public comments.

More information on LEED 2012 certification and the second public comment

Key changes in the the LT section of LEED-NC (part of LEED BD&C) in the second public comment draft of LEED 2012 are discussed below.

Do you have comments or questions on this draft? Discuss them below with your fellow LEED professionals. Substantive comments submitted here during USGBC's second public comment period here will be submitted to USGBC and considered "official" public comments.

More information on LEED 2012 certification and the second public comment

Please review the new draft of LEED 2012 and share your thoughts

USGBC has opened the second public comment period on LEED 2012, the next version of the LEED rating systems. This public comment period is scheduled to run from August 1st to Sept. 14th.

As with the first public comment period, which opened in Nov. 2011, LEEDuser is here to provide guidance on key changes to LEED 2012 certification, and to provide an open forum for members of the LEED community to understand the changes and weigh in on them.