Thursday, October 28, 2004



A New Rating System Announced

There’s a big buzz the Asheville, North Carolina Green Builder’s Association. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has just announced the release of the much anticipated LEED for Existing Building (LEED-EB) Green Building Rating System.

Previously in pilot, the rating system has been fully balloted by the USGBC membership and is ready to launch. LEED-EB was designed to meet market demand for an existing building rating system following the success of LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC), the USGBC’s current rating system for new construction. LEED-EB makes LEED certification available to existing buildings and provides an opportunity for ongoing recertification for previously certified LEED buildings. LEED-EB helps building owners and managers bring the performance of their buildings up to a high level and maintain high performance over the long term.

Benefits of LEED-EB include energy savings, water savings, and healthier indoor environments.

“We are very excited that LEED-EB has been approved by the ballot of our USGBC members,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC President, CEO & Founding Chair. “LEED-NC is rapidly transforming the design and construction of new buildings to sustainable practices. Now with LEED-EB approved, the USGBC has the tools in place to start transforming the existing buildings market to sustainable practices as well. With both LEED-EB and LEED-NC in place, the USGBC is positioned to help building owners and mangers make both new and existing buildings improve their performance over time and become more sustainable.” Some of you may want to attend the GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL EXPO in Portland, Oregon.

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