US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL SET TO ROLL OUT 2009 LEED GUIDELINES
The nationally-renowned rating system for green buildings is getting a major upgrade. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) rolled out the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines, updated for 2009, and approved by the USGBC membership in November 2008.
The LEED 2009 system re-weights certain actions, based on scientific research, in favor of increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in new and existing buildings. Most notably, the new LEED guidelines entail a set of regional credits tailored to match environmental priorities in certain geographic areas of the country.