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USGBC Seeks Comments on Proposed Improvements to LEEDŽ

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has opened the first public comment period on LEED 2009, the next evolution of the LEED green building certification system.

LEED 2009 represents a reorganization of the existing LEED rating systems for commercial buildings, combined with a series of major technical advancements focused on improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, and addressing other environmental and human health outcomes.

The evolution of LEED is based on technical, scientific and market-based advancements. LEED 2009, coupled with an expanded third-party certification program and significant enhancements to LEED Online, make up a multi-faceted initiative referred to as LEED Version 3.0. 

Visit for full details about specific proposed technical changes to the rating system.  The site contains background documents that accompany the public comment forms.  The public comment period will be open for 30 days, from May 19 through June 22, 2008, at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.  [Return to top]