The third and final public comment period for the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) draft of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) 2012 is now open for public comment. As with the public comment periods for the first and second drafts of LEED 2012, we’re offering suggestions on how to comment on the documents to help make the guidelines and credits more preservation-friendly. Check out our blog posts on the first and second drafts to see how the process has evolved.
Chicago's LEED-Gold certified Powerhouse High is located in an old power plant that once served Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s massive West Side headquarters. (Photo: Zol87 on Flickr)
How Do I Comment?
As with previous comment periods, we’ve prepared a Top Ten List of Credits that preservationists should consider carefully and comment on if possible.
I can confirm that every comment submitted is reviewed and evaluated. Just look at the chart that identifies every comment that was received in the second public comment period as well as USBGC’s responses. And numbers count! But you must submit your comments online via the official comment process. More details on how to comment are included in our Top Ten list.
The beauty of USGBC’s online comment process is commenting by credit. You can pick and choose the ones that have the most impact for you or your organization. If you want to choose just one credit to comment on, make it the MR (Materials & Resources) Credit: Building Reuse and Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment.
And yes, we understand that this is all fairly technical and can seem overwhelming. But we're trudging through to the end and hope the process doesn't stop you from commenting altogether!
All comments must be posted to the USGBC website by March 20th.