LEED Rating System Ballot Delayed Until June
June 5, 2012
The LEED rating system that was scheduled to go to ballot this year,
known as LEED 2012, was delayed yesterday, according to the Washington,
D.C.-based non-profit organization, U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC), and many in the industry are applauding this approach.
The delay of the ballot came in response to concerns of USGBC members,
which consist of "LEED users and stakeholders, and in an effort
to provide the marketplace a view of the full LEED program"
beforehand, according to USGBC. The ballot will be renamed Leed
v4 and could be held June 1, 2013 or earlier if USGBC members
and the market are prepared.
"LEED pushes the envelope to bring transformation to the market
- that's what we do," says Scot Horst, senior vice president,
LEED. "We remain committed to that, and to making sure that
what we deliver is complete and can be successfully implemented."
Some have expressed opposition to the newest version of LEED, including
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and David Vitter (R-La.). The two senators
wrote a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) administrator
Daniel Tangherlini to express concern with the recently released
LEED draft and subsequent adoption of these standards by the GSA
"USGBC is planning to create two 'Materials and Resources'
(MR) credits under LEED 2012, one for 'material ingredient reporting'
and one for 'avoidance of chemicals of concern.' The credits would
affect hundreds of substances-many of which are key to helping building
products achieve the desired properties, including energy efficiency,"
wrote the Senators.
"If USGBC does not reconsider its anti-chemical proposals in
LEED 2012, we respectfully request that GSA stop using the LEED
rating system, in favor of more performance based standards,"
they added. "As the largest federal government agency that
has adopted LEED, GSA's adherence to LEED 2012 would amount to a
federal endorsement of efficiency standards which preclude the use
of some of the most effective techniques and materials. We understand
GSA's interest in sustainability and energy efficiency throughout
the federal building landscape. However, we believe that the federal
government should not base its choices on arbitrary restrictions
that may not allow for the use of the most effective materials,
especially when the rejection of these materials would mean the
loss of jobs and economic growth at a time our country can least
The latest draft will be open to public comment from October 2,
2012 through December 10, 2012.
"This is 100 percent in response to our members' desire that
we give them a bit more time to absorb the changes in this next
version of the rating system," says USGBC president and CEO
Rick Fedrizzi. "We want to do everything we can to ensure that
the market can fully embrace LEED v4 because it represents significant
progress on carbon reduction and human health. Greenbuild will provide
us the perfect venue to experience the look and feel of the new
system as an integrated package. Then we can take the first part
of 2013 to make sure the consensus body has everything it needs
for a successful ballot."