USGBC Announces Extension of LEEDv2009

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in News

leedv4The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016, postponing the mandatory use of LEEDv4 until that date.

LEEDv4 is a significant evolutionary step for the LEED certification platform, and some have argued that the requirements and updates may be more advanced than some design/build/manufacture communities are ready for.

This was made even more evident, according to the USGBC, at this year’s Greenbuild in New Orleans stating that “in a survey conducted at last week’s Greenbuild conference, 61 percent of respondents said they are “not ready” or “unsure” if they are ready to pursue LEED v4 and require additional time to prepare.”

REAL Building Consultants has been preparing for using LEEDv4, but we welcome this extension to allow our clients, partners and industry suppliers to prepare for LEEDv4′s requirements, while using the current version of LEED to make meaningful improvements to their projects.

Undoubtedly the industry will meet the challenge in moving towards the innovative and holistic thinking behind LEEDv4. But, we believe that this decision will help make the transition smooth and digestible for the design/build professionals in markets that have not widely adopted the use of LEEDv2009.

As leaders in sustainability, REAL Building Consultants plans to begin our use of LEEDv4 for select project teams that want to lead this industry innovation, but will continue to educate our clients, and potential clients, on the benefits of LEED in helping integrate efficiency, sustainability, health and productivity into their building(s).

Read the release here: USGBC Announces Extension of LEED 2009