Green Building Council Announces LEED Positive


The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it is taking its LEED development program one step further: to focus on LEED positive.

“The world faces staggering challenges through 2050 in terms of water scarcity, air quality, resiliency and climate change,” the USGBC said in a press release.

“To help address these issues, the LEED Positive vision will guide USGBC in transitioning LEED from strategies that reduce the harm done by buildings to strategies that cause no harm and begin the process of healing and repair.”

The initiative was announced at the organization’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in late November.

“We must do all we can to leverage our tools and resources to scale up reductions in carbon emissions associated with buildings, communities and cities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC.

“LEED must evolve qualitatively and quantitatively. Qualitatively, it must transition from strategies that reduce the harm done by buildings to strategies that cause no harm and are regenerative by design, ensuring our buildings are actually giving back more than they take. And quantitatively it will need to accelerate and increase its impact ten- to a hundred-fold by leveraging our Arc performance platform. The future of LEED is LEED positive.”

The USGBC notes that more than 100,000 projects are now engaged in the LEED rating system and adds that LEED Positive will encourage even more development.

The initiative is composed of several parts:

  • Propose LEED Positive targets for energy and carbon reduction that will require new construction to go further and push existing buildings with high energy usage to substantially increase their efficiency efforts;
  • Define LEED Positive targets for other LEED credit categories that make up the holistic LEED rating system;
  • Continue investment in LEED v4.1 to accelerate the implementation and adoption of LEED for both new and existing buildings; and
  • Support category-level performance certificates through the Arc platform to provide existing buildings with a pathway to LEED certification.

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Associations; Certifications and standards; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Green building; Latin America; LEED; North America; Regulations; United States Green Building Council (USGBC); Z-Continents

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