Several new LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) programs were recently announced by the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”) and the Green Building Certification Institute (“GBCI”), including a new professional accreditation and a new LEED rating system. The LEED Green Building Rating System was developed by the USGBC and has become the industry standard for high performance, green buildings. The GBCI administers the accreditation program that recognizes individuals’ knowledge of LEED requirements and green building practices.
LEED Fellow Program
On December 7, 2010 the GBCI launched the LEED Fellow accreditation. “LEED Fellows will constitute an elite class of the world’s most distinguished green building professionals,” said Beth Holst, Vice President of Credentialing, GBCI. Individuals eligible for the LEED Fellow designation are required to be nominated by a qualified peer. Nominees must have been accredited LEED APs for at least eight years, have a specialty designation, and have at least ten years green building experience. The nomination period for the 2011 class of LEED Fellows closed on January 7, 2011. The 2011 class of LEED Fellows will be announced in October at the USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo.
LEED for Retail
On November 18, 2010 at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Chicago, Illinois, the USGBC announced the launch of LEED for Retail. LEED for Retail is the newest green building rating system. Its credit system takes into account the retail sector’s unique building and design requirements. More information on the LEED for Retail rating system can be found at www.usgbc.org/leed/retail.
LEED Volume Program
The LEED Volume Program is designed to streamline the LEED certification process and is specifically targeted to property developers who are pursuing LEED certification on multiple, comparable projects. Under the LEED Volume Program organizational builders and developers use a prototype based approach to pursue LEED credits on several projects. This simplifies the submission and review process and allows applicants to earn LEED certification quicker and more cost-effectively. For more information on the LEED Volume Program visit www.usgbc.org/LEEDvolume.
LEED Automation Program
On November 17, 2010 the USGBC announced LEED Automation, a new program created to integrate and streamline the technology used in the LEED building certification process. LEED Automation works in conjunction with LEED Online – the USGBC’s online tool for documentation submissions and certification. LEED Automation allows LEED online to interact with third party technology platforms.