Buildings Seeking LEED Must Now Submit Performance to USGBC
Written by: Ambika from buildaroo.com
There are plenty of LEED certified sustainable buildings cropping up everyday, but just how sustainable are they? The USGBC's new policy is finally going to give us an answer! As of June 27, all new projects seeking LEED certification will have to submit the energy and water consumptions of their buildings, once complete. If projects cannot comply with this, they will not be certified. The mandatory requirement is one of the many new changes to the LEED rating system. Projects can either report their performance annually, allow the USGBC to directly access their utility information, or re-certify every two years.
Why is LEED just now requiring this? They say that the awareness in performance will help building owners fine-tune performance after certification. Furthermore, the data will help the USGBC improve the LEED rating system, which is currently the product of 10 years worth of revisions. With enough performance data, LEED requirements could potentially be based off of the average performance of LEED certified buildings. The data is hard to come by and LEED has a long way to go, but it seems like the USGBC is now taking the first steps.
Of course we at buildaroo always support steps towards greater energy efficiency. What do you think about the USGBC's new policy? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out the USGBC's Press Release.