The public comment draft of the next version of LEED is a general update and expansion of the technical content and organization of LEED. By simultaneously aligning and harmonizing inefficient duplication of LEED credits and expanding the bookshelf to include credits that make LEED more appropriate for previously underserved market sectors, the public comment draft attempts to streamline project team engagement with LEED.
The draft improves building performance, addresses occupant comfort and human health more holistically, and provides additional incentives for processes that integrate building design, construction, and operations. A proposal to substantially increase the emphasis on integrated process and building performance by updating the LEED credit category structure is the primary way this emphasis is achieved.
. Because of the critical role of stakeholder participation in the evolution of LEED, USGBC will lengthen the public comment and response periods as compared to previous LEED updates. USGBC will be engaging in a public comment process designed to tap previously unused communications avenues. By leveraging project feedback from pilot credits and harvesting knowledge from a moderated forum dedicated to discussing evolution of LEED, USGBC hopes to make this public comment process substantially more generative that previous formats have allowed.
The USGBC stakeholder engagement began in November. It includes multiple public comment periods open to all LEED stakeholders. During that time, individuals serving on the relevant USGBC member committees will review and respond to the comments gathered, making any necessary updates and presenting a new draft to stakeholders for more public comment. At the end of this process, a final draft will go before USGBC’s membership for a vote. LEED will undergo a process of stakeholder engagement and careful development of a consensus-based, technically improved, and innovative rating system that continues to push the market toward optimal building design, construction, and operations practices.
The first public comment period will be November 8 through December 31, 2010. The second period will be July 1 through August 15, 2011. Balloting is projected for August 1 though 31, 2012 with the final version launched in November 2012, if it is ready.