Currently, the USGBC awards LEED certification by attributing points for individual green features of the building, which critics say doesn’t necessarily mean that the building itself is green overall. There is also no way of verifying whether or not a completed building is actually accomplishing all of the green goals intended by the design. At the moment the USGBC has no way of knowing whether or not any of the buildings that are LEED certified are even using the green technology installed in the buildings.
The new standards are set to launch in November, and will include new features such as:
- Requiring building owners to report on the buildings energy and water use via real-time reporting technology
- Requiring LEED certified buildings to apply for re-certification every five years
- An updated point-system that includes new credit categories and weights categories according to their overall contribution to the building’s green goals
- Changes to the technical content that increases the technical rigor of the rating system
These changes have come about through a combination of public comment, committees formed from a multitude of USGBC members, various research data and the USGBC LEED committees.
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