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USGBC refutes claim about LEED 'decertification'

February 19, 2010
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) says that a San Francisco Business Times report of a new provision that will allow them to "decertify" existing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings is inaccurate, according to Multifamily Executive.

According to the story, the article, "Risk of LEED Decertification Looms Large for Real Estate," stated that the newest version of LEED included a "little-known" provision that would allow the USGBC to challenge and remove certifications at any time, a statement that LEED Senior Vice President Scot Horst says is off the mark.

Horst said: "The idea that there is this new thing called decertification is inaccurate. The way LEED works is we have a rating system; you send us information about your project; and we certify to that. But let''s say that there was someone out there who lied about the prerequisite information or unintentionally provided inaccurate information. We have always had a policy to go back and say this wasn''t what it was represented to be. That is nothing new."
According to Horst, the USGBC does not evaluate the continuing operation of a building, and a requirement under the LEED 2009 rating systems stating that "all certified projects must commit to sharing with USGBC all available actual whole-project energy and water usage data for a period of at least five years" is for research purposes only, the story stated.
Northland Pines High School, a LEED Gold-certified building, is currently at risk of losing its certification, but only because it may have provided inaccurate information to the USGBC, the story added.
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