WASHINGTON — Monday, April 27, 2009, is the first day for the third version of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, according to GreentechMedia.com.
This updated version, LEED v3, incorporates many new sustainable aspects, including Regional Priority Credits that are awarded by maximizing energy efficiency by taking advantage of regional resources such as solar, water and wind energy, the story stated.
LEED v3 will more heavily weigh strategies that will have greater positive impacts on energy efficiency and CO2 reductions, the story noted.
LEED-certified buildings are up to 40 percent more energy efficient across a range of categories than comparable non-LEED buildings, the story added.
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