LEED performance data mandates
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The performance data mandate is a great addition and one that is overdue. USGBC has been receiving criticism for a while on how LEED buildings perform and this initiative will reduce those critiques which often give LEED or a particular building a bad reputation that is not justified. The industry needs to know how sustainable strategies actually work when operating and without this information it is mostly estimates that we rely on or the modelers expertise. This is an overdue mandate that will also benefit the building owner, it's a win for all involved.
The design process will need to change to be more research based. This is something that designers have been asking for, for a while but the data and facts on performance were just not there. With better performance measuring there will be a feedback loop that can improve the selection of design strategies based on what we know works and does not work.
We have 140 projects currently registered under LEED that are in progress. Approximately half of those will probably be certified under the new LEED 3.0 version. Generally we are finding V3.0 to be a relatively easy transition with few differences to the actual point content from the old version. Some projects are finding the energy credits harder to achieve but there are more credits allocated to energy so it is not effecting our ability to achieve LEED levels.
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