Attending the USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference & Expo allows you several opportunites to meet face to face with staff from the Green Building Certification Institute and get the latest news and discuss individual project reviews. Here are some noteworthy updates:
Energy Model Technical Guide: Free with project registration and now located within the credit resources tab for EAp2 in LEED Online. This technical guide from USGBC answers many of the questions engineers have relating to energy model requirements.
GBCI v3 Review Summary: The current review summary format which is very confusing to team members, especially after the second review when comments and credit status get mixed, is on the way out. A new review summary should be live within the next few months.
LEED 2012: LEED 2012 will be opening for a 3rd public comment in the beginning of the new year. The LEED Online platform will be remaining the same however adding the new templates for updated credits when LEED 2012 launches.
International Projects: The goal is to have one LEED rating system and certification throughout the world. The difference will come into play with alternative compliance approaches for international projects when the LEED credit requirements might not make sense in a certain country. These alternative compliance approaches will be developed by the governing World Green Building Council, of which there are now 89.
LEED Documentation Tips from Reviewers: Look out for a new document from GBCI holding valuable tips from reviewers regarding documentation and common mistakes made!
Appeal Fees: If you need to appeal an energy model the fee has been raised from $500 to $800 due to the amount of time GBCI needs to spend reviewing the documentation.
LEED Fellows: The highest professional credential available through GBCI, the first class of LEED Fellows has been announced. In order to become a LEED Fellow you must have been a LEED AP for eight years, have 10 years of green building experience and be selected through a nomination process.