With the recent announcement that LEED certified projects will have to report energy performance data, the USGBC has signaled its intent to take on under performing green buildings. LEED 2009 requires the reporting of energy performance data, but does not include actual energy performance requirements. I have no doubt that the USGBC will require some minimum levels of actual performance in the next version of LEED.
Just look at the USGBC’s recent press release (PDF):
USGBC will be able to use the performance information collected to inform future versions of LEED.
“Building performance will guide LEED’s evolution. This data will show us what strategies work – and which don’t — so we can evolve the credits and prerequisites informed by lessons learned,” said Brendan Owens, USGBC’s vice president of LEED technical development.
I guess it is prediction time. At the very least, the next version of LEED will require more post-construction, post-substantial completion strategies for certification.
Or the USGBC could simply merge two rating systems: LEED for New Construction with LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM). With LEED 2009, the two rating systems are already on the same point scale. And one of the ways to comply with Minimum Project Requirements is to achieve LEED EBOM certification every two years.
What opportunities and pitfalls does this approach present?