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.