Hopefully the saying “good things come to those who wait” proves true in regard to the recently postponed new version of LEED.
After three years of planning and completion of four drafts, the U.S. Green Building Council has decided to delay the ballot to approve the next version of LEED until June 1, 2013.
To reflect this decision, the new version has been renamed from LEED 2012 to LEED v4.
USGBC says it has determined the market is just not ready for such change after hundreds of discussions with members and stakeholders.
“While our community continues to fully embrace our mission, they need more time to absorb the changes we’re proposing and to get their businesses ready to take the step with us,” said USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi in a letter to USGBC members and LEED users.
With more time, businesses can become more familiar with the new LEED forms, documentation, education and LEED Online so that they can better adopt new internal strategies.
“We want to do everything we can to ensure that the market can fully embrace LEED v4 because it represents significant progress on carbon reduction and human health,” Fedrizzi said.
To make the change easier, USGBC will make LEED 2009 and LEED for Homes available for registration for three years so that users can make the switch to LEED v4 when they feel ready.
The later launch date has allowed USGBC to offer a fifth public comment, which will open on October 2 to December 10.
More time also allows for USGBC to promote LEED v4 at Greenbuild, which will be held November 14 to 16 in San Francisco.
“Greenbuild will provide us the perfect venue to start to experience the look and feel of the new system as an integrated package, and ensure the information necessary for informed voting in ballot is available,” Fedrizzi said.
Greenbuild visitors can expect public and educational forums to help stakeholders become more familiar with LEED v4. USGBC also hopes to debut some of the new forms, submittal documents, and LEED Online enhancements at the conference.
USGBC plans to solidify the infrastructure of the LEED v4 program in early 2013.
Here’s an article we wrote that includes our analysis of some of the proposed LEED v. 4 changes. Read the story and get 1 GBCI-approved Continuing Education hour in the Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation category.