The U.S. Green Building Council announced it would postpone voting on the 2012 version of LEED until next year.
“LEED pushes the envelope to bring
transformation to the market - that’s what we do,” said Scot Horst, senior vice
president of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. “We
remain committed to that, and to making sure that what we deliver is complete
and can be successfully implemented.”
Because of the delay, LEED 2012 is
being renamed LEED version four, the council announced.
Other changes made to the proposed
updated standard's implementation include continuing to have the marketplace “test drive” the new standard and adding a fifth round of public comments this fall for
Greenbuild attendees to have their say.
The changes were made at the
request of members, officials said.
"This is 100 percent in response to our members’ desire
that we give them a bit more time to absorb the changes in this next version of
the rating system,” said USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi. “We want
to do everything we can to ensure that the market can fully embrace LEED
(version four) because it represents significant progress on carbon reduction
and human health. Greenbuild will provide us the perfect venue to experience
the look and feel of the new system as an integrated package. Then we can take
the first part of 2013 to make sure the consensus body has everything it needs
for a successful ballot.”
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