As promised, the U.S. Green Building Council put LEED v3 out for public comment today. Anyone is invited to review the draft and submit comments. You do not have to be a member of USGBC to submit comments. However, it does make sense to have some experience working with LEED. Here is the link to the USGBC website, which describes the changes, takes you directly to the draft and provides you with support documents. The public comment period is for 30 days from May 19th till June 22nd.
This is really, really exciting news. And we commend the USGBC for taking on this very complicated update to LEED. In less than a year, they have substantially restructured LEED by turning it into a weighted system based on life cycle analysis indicators AND providing an alternative compliance route for existing buildings which looks at the durability of assemblies and materials.
Our Sustainable Preservation Coalition will also be collecting comments to send in together.
Read my blog from March 24th, updated May 6th, to learn the impact of LEED v3 on preservation and social/cultural metrics. If you would like more information, don't understand how to submit comments or just want to chat about the implications to existing or historic buildings, feel free to post a comment to this blog or email me directly and I will be happy to help you. No, I haven't read through the draft yet. I'll be spending Memorial Day doing that, hopefully in my sunny courtyard after a nice long bike ride!