LEED certification requirements increase

Energy performance requirements within the LEED Green Building Rating System will increase by 14 percent as part of the climate change agenda of the U.S. Green Building Council.

USGBC membership overwhelmingly passed a vote for all LEED-certified projects to achieve at least two “Optimize Energy Performance” points, which will improve the energy performance of all LEED-certified green buildings by 14 percent for new construction and 7 percent for existing buildings. All newly registered commercial LEED projects are required to achieve the two points within LEED. To help projects achieve the new energy reduction requirements, a prescriptive compliance path is currently under development as an alternative to energy modeling.


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