If you participate on building projects that are seeking LEED certification, this news may come as a relief to you. According to Marian Keeler of Simon & Associates, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is reconsidering its decision to stop making Credit Interpretation Requests (CIRs) public.
I have previously described a CIR as follows:
"To achieve LEED certification, a project must achieve a certain number of credits. But the requirements for each credit are often open to interpretation. To resolve this uncertainty, a technical advisory board evaluates each CIR to determine whether or not a credit should be granted. Historically, USGBC has published these credit interpretations to inform other builders and designers in future projects."
In June 2009, I reported that the USGBC had announced that, effective June 26, 2009, a CIR would only be applicable to the project that submitted it. At the time, I suggested that "[w]ithout public CIRs, architects, engineers and contractors are going to have more trouble interpreting credits and determining strategies that will successfully achieve a LEED credit."
It appears that the USGBC is now reconsidering its decision and plans to implement a new CIR system:
"USGBC is currently developing a new process by which any LEED stakeholder (whether part of a registered project team or not) may submit a request or highly technical inquiry directly to USGBC. Unlike Project CIRs that are only applicable to a specific project, these inquiries will be processed and issued by USGBC and will set precedent across all applicable LEED programs. Fees and turn-around times associated with submitting these inquiries is to be determined. More information on this process will be made available in the coming weeks."
I will reach out to the USGBC for further information. Why do you think the USGBC is reconsidering?
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CIRs and Precedence Policy (LEEDuser)
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