Volume 5, Issue 1 (January 2008)

    Continuous Improvement of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System™

    (Received 2 March 2007; accepted 27 November 2007)

    Published Online: 2007

    CODEN: JAIOAD

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    Abstract

    The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System™ has had a significant impact on the market in the United States and is beginning to affect markets around the world. First launched in the late 1990s, LEED has undergone periodic revision, including updates as well as addition of new versions that address different markets and enhance technical quality of the credits. In 2006, the USGBC initiated a continuous improvement process that will result in a LEED system that is more technically robust and easier to use. This paper describes improvements that are underway using a proposed framework for analyzing green building rating systems. This framework encourages a broader and deeper analysis of rating systems, looking beyond the technical metrics to include the purpose and goals of the system, the context in which it is applied, the scope of the system, the metrics, and the processes used in its implementation.


    Author Information:

    Todd, Joel Ann
    Environmental Consultant, Cabin John, MD

    Boecker, John
    7Group, Wellsville, PA


    Stock #: JAI101095

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI101095

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    Title Continuous Improvement of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System™
    Symposium Common Ground, Consensus Building and Continual Improvement: International Standards and Sustainable Building, 2007-04-20
    Committee E06