From time to time, the U.S. Green Building Council, which draws the guidelines and gives out the accolades for sustainable building in the U.S., solicits public commentary on proposed final drafts of its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating Systems. That means anyone—not just the architects and designers that make up the council—has a chance to put in his two cents about the organization’s guidelines. The first comment period will be open for at least 30 days, after which USGBC will post a summary document on its Web site explaining how the comments will be worked into the next draft. A second public comment period will then follow...So if you’ve got a beef or suggestion, just fill out the online form and you’re your way to making a difference. (Organizations are asked to submit collective rather than individual comments, please.) USGBC especially seeks constructive comments with proposals for modifying specific credits to improve the practicality of the criteria or to clarify the language of the requirements in the following categories: LEED-EB (Existing Buildings), LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors), and LEED-NC (New Construction).
LEED is all about democracy at work, so if you’ve got something to say, speak up! If it’s all a bit beyond you at this point, take comfort in the fact the lines are being drawn with helpful input from a wide variety of sources. ::USGBC [by MO]