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USGBC Seeks More Input for Latest LEED Rating System


USGBC Seeks More Input for Latest LEED Rating System

The U.S. Green Building Council says that LEED v4.1 is their most inclusive and transparent platform to date.

After 20 years of systematizing ways to measure and define green building and provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings, the most recent update to the program - LEED v4.1 - was released in April 2019. It emphasizes the human experience and pushes project teams to create spaces that not only reduce carbon emissions, energy, water use and waste but also improve the health and well-being of the people who reside in those buildings.
Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, of the U.S. Green Building Council recently reflected on the overwhelming response his organization received in their original call for proposals for their new set of standards.

"Building on this success, we are excited to engage the market again to solicit ideas, proposals and feedback for improving LEED v4.1 and future versions of LEED," Ramanujam states. "Together, we can continue the work we started with LEED v4.1 to ensure that LEED is not only the de facto leadership standard but also creating a better living standard."

"Now that LEED v4.1 is out and has been positively received by the community, we are exploring how we can strengthen LEED v4.1 and also plan what's next for the rating system," adds Melissa Baker, senior vice president of LEED. "We are working to ensure that LEED remains a global leadership standard, and we know that as we evolve LEED, industry feedback and support are critical."

The USGBC community can participate in the call for LEED proposals session here.

Industry leaders can also join USGBC at the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, taking place in Atlanta, Nov. 19-22, 2019, for the "Future of LEED" education session, which will review market feedback and provide updates on performance-based outcomes, transparency and continuous improvement to future versions of LEED. For more info visit:

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December 5, 2019, 6:50 am PDT

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