The LEED Sustainable Building Certification System will soon recognize regenerative buildings that actively help restore their communities.
LEED Positive. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) launched LEED Positive, an upcoming change to LEED, at the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Atlanta.
The vision statement and development roadmap chart the course for a future where buildings contribute to environmental restoration and remediation.
The USGBC expects to require that all new projects in design and construction achieve LEED Positive beginning in 2025, according to Melissa Baker, USGBC senior vice president. “Future versions of LEED should require projects to go beyond efficiency and demonstrate that they are leaving a positive impact on people, the environment and the economy,” said Melissa Baker. “LEED buildings should generate more energy than they use, save more water than they use, and remove more carbon than they produce. Also have a positive impact on the physical, mental and social health of the occupants “.
The LEED Positive vision launched at Greenbuild includes four key principles for developing LEED:
- The LEED Proposed Positive Goals aim to reduce energy and carbon. The new goals will push the limits of new construction and encourage existing energy-intensive buildings to improve their efficiency efforts.
- Defines positive LEED targets for the other credit categories of the LEED certification system.
- Continue to invest in LEED v4.1 to accelerate the adoption of LEED in new and existing buildings.
- It supports performance certificates by category level through the Arc platform, which will provide existing buildings with a path to certification. Projects will be able to earn category performance certificates in each of the five performance categories tracked in Arc: energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience.
Achieving higher performance scores in all five categories will allow projects to achieve LEED certification.
The USGBC will also launch a Better Materials platform for project teams, adds Baker: “The platform simplifies the LEED review process by allowing project teams to browse thousands of products and materials, access all documentation in one single place and identify products that have been previously verified “. The platform is not yet publicly available, but will soon make its debut.
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