Currently, all LEED project submissions are reviewed by USGBC with the support of independently contracted reviewers. In alignment with its vision of market transformation, beginning in January 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), developers of LEED, will move administration of the LEED certification process to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), a non-profit organization established in 2007 with the support of USGBC. Working together with the selected certification bodies, GBCI will deliver a substantially improved, ISO compliant certification process that will be able to grow with the green building movement.
As a part of the broader vision for LEED V3, the following certification bodies for the LEED Green Building Rating System have been announced. Well-known and respected for their role in certifying organizations, processes and products to ISO and other standards, they are:
• ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc.
• BSI Management Systems America, Inc.
• Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
• DNV Certification
• KEMA-Registered Quality, Inc.
• Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Inc.
• NSF-International Strategic Registrations
• SRI Quality System Registrar, Inc.
• Underwriters Laboratories-DQS Inc.
In the spirit of the most successful LEED projects, this evolution in the certification process is being undertaken as an integrated part of a major update to the technical rating system which will debut in January as LEED 2009. The update will also include a comprehensive technology upgrade to LEED Online aimed at improving the user experience and expanding its portfolio management capabilities.
Cities and even entire states are now mandating more efficient buildings and even large tenants are beginning to demand improvements that will reduce their operating costs. The federal tax deduction can help offset some of the green building cost.
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If you are involved in the green building process from accounting and architecture to development and ownership, this can be a valuable benefit that should not be overlooked.
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