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Consultation launched on LEED revamp

A major consultation on the future of the leading US green building rating system has been launched.

Public comments are being invited on the LEED rating systems developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) from now until June 22.

The next “evolution” of the rating system will be titled LEED 2009 and will involve a reorganization of the existing approach for commercial buildings alongside measures to focused on improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and addressing other environmental issues.

Scot Horst, Chairman of the volunteer LEED Steering Committee, said: “Continuing to seek the right balance between technical advancement and market transformation was a driving force behind the LEED 2009 work.

“The ‘big ideas’ we’ve proposed include transparent weightings of LEED credits so the highest-priority credits achieve the most points, a new mechanism for incorporating bioregional credits, and a more nimble framework that supports rapid response to emerging environmental and human health issues.”

The LEED Green Building Rating System was introduced by USGBC in 2000 to drive market transformation in the building industry and has become highly influential in the US and some oversea markets including Dubai.

Details on making comments plus detailed information about specific proposed technical changes to the rating system can be found at