Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Reorganization of LEED EB: O&M in draft version of LEED 2012 Highlights Performance Monitoring, Key Metrics

Lauren Riggs, LEEP® AP
Manager, LEED and Building Performance Partnership
U.S. Green Building Council

In the draft version of LEED 2012, which opened for public comment yesterday, USGBC has taken its first steps towards a streamlined and simple ongoing certification program for LEED. After consideration of how project teams should implement the strategies in LEED EB: O&M, and what we know about how teams implement them, we have reorganized the prerequisite and credit structure of LEED EB: O&M.

The new structure of LEED EB: O&M allows LEED projects to enable high performance during the performance period by emphasizing a two-step process for applying the credit strategies: (1) write, vet and verify your policies, plans and-one time activities before you begin your performance period, and (2) conduct your performance period confident that your building will do well.

Image created by Christopher Davis, GBCI

This reorganization highlights the importance of performance monitoring and what metrics should be tracked in preparation for the building’s next certification. Our first application of this new structure is reflected in the second public comment version of LEED 2012 for Existing Buildings: O&M.


  1. A streamlined EB O&M should really help building owners and their project teams to consider taking up this certification. The reorganization seems to simplify the process while at the same time making it more understandable.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Buildingwell. We are anxious to hear how other folks view the reorganization through the 2012 public comment period. Additionally, we are working to provide a guidance document with the new organization to LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: O&M users. Keep an eye out.

    - Lauren