USGBC Accepting Comments on Energy Performance Points Until March 23

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff March 15, 2007

The United States Green Building Council encourages the public to comment on the first draft of its language requiring all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects to obtain a minimum of two points in the Optimize Energy Performance credit.

This proposal is part of USGBC’s Climate Action commitment , which was announced at the 2006 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Denver last November. The commitment is to focus on and increase the role of green buildings in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The changes would apply to the four currently available rating systems: LEED for New Construction, LEED for Existing Buildings, LEED for Commercial Interiors, and LEED for Core and Shell Developments.

Any member of the public can comment on the draft requirement (after registering a site user profile on the USGBC website). Friday, March 23, midnight Pacific Standard Time. USGBC will respond to all comments, and post the comments and responses (without commenter names or organizations) to the USGBC website.

Visit the the USGBC website for more information and to partcipate.