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Written by R. Kirk Johnson, AIA, LEED AP Category LEED

USGBC SET TO RELEASE THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE LEADING STANDARD

LEED 2009, the next generation of the international leading sustainable design certification standard is approaching release this month. As part of the more comprehensive LEED v3 program, the updated rating system incorporates a new credit weighting system and features considerable advancements in procedures, credit alignments, clarifications, and standards. Initially, LEED 2009 conglomerates existing New Construction, Core and Shell, Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings, and Schools standards into a cohesive reorganized library system. According to USGBC, the new standard concentrates upon several key individual elements such as credit alignment and harmonization, prerequisite and credit updating, codified development cycle, human impact credit weighting differentiation, and added regionalization improvements. Primarily, LEED 2009 provides a reorganization of the existing standards with some notable advancement to the standards.  Some of the updates are listed in the following.

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