WASHINGTON — Following recent revisions to the certification process, buildings seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification must now submit energy and water consumption figures as a precursor to certification, according to the CoStar Group.
The provision is one of a number of changes the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) made to the new LEED certification process that officially launched June 27, the story stated.
Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED, said: "It’s a priority to us that this does not to turn into a burdensome exercise for building owners. But the reality now is that the culture is clearly stating that all buildings need to step up to a different level. We need to make sure LEED stays in a leadership position."
Projects are given a choice to either report their performance data annually or have the USGBC access the information directly from utilities, the story noted.
According to the article, a greater awareness of building performance will help owners and managers fine-tune their properties, which often operate with less efficiency than is possible.
If the USGBC compiles enough performance data, LEED energy requirements could one day be formulated using the average performance of other LEED buildings, the story added.
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