USGBC Opens Building Performance Partnership
to Current LEED-Certified Buildings
July 23, 2010
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has opened its Building
Performance Partnership (BPP) program to all current whole-building
LEED-certified commercial and residential projects. According to
the USGBC, BPP will further the efforts to understand how buildings
perform from the moment of LEED certification and years beyond.
The program was first announced last summer to engage owners and
managers of commercial and residential LEED-certified green buildings,
optimizing the performance of buildings through data collection,
analysis and action.
The significance of USGBC conducting this research is to
inform future iterations of the LEED green building program. By
providing a large and accurate data set critical to supporting the
ongoing improvement of LEED and continuous optimization of LEED-certified
projects, BPP will ensure LEED projects deliver on their extraordinary
environmental and economic potential, said Scot Horst, senior
vice president, LEED. BPP is the foundation of USGBCs
commitment to a meaningful demonstration of the value of building
and operating green.
Participation of current LEED-certified buildings is voluntary.
The partnership is made up of owners, managers and occupants of
buildings of all sizes and types that are committed to improving
their own performance as well as helping drive the ongoing development
of LEED. The LEED buildings that participate in the partnership
will receive annual information on performance, specifically comparing
predicted or actual performance at the time of certification with
the projects current performance. Additionally, the report
will show aggregated data of like buildings and certification levels,
and will act as a case study of a projects strong performance
and/or significant improvement. Currently more than 120 projects
are participating in Phase One, and these projects will receive
a basic performance report in time for Greenbuild 2010 in Chicago
Phase One of the BPP rollout is focused on energy and water. This
data-collection effort will be based in ENERGY STARs Portfolio
Manager for LEED-certified commercial projects and in Earth Aid
for LEED-certified residential projects.
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