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Ready for Regeneration?: Think “LEED Positive”


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has just announced a visionary plan for the next generation of its rating system: “LEED Positive.” According to GBCI, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), in order to help address challenges of resource scarcity, air quality, resilience and climate change, “the LEED Positive vision will guide USGBC in transitioning LEED from strategies that reduce the harm done by buildings to strategies that cause no harm and begin the process of healing and repair.”

LEED Positive will encourage development that allows buildings to become a vehicle for environmental restoration and repair. The vision is composed of several parts that will work together, including:

  • Proposed LEED Positive targets for energy and carbon reduction that will require new construction to go further and push existing buildings with high energy usage to substantially increase their efficiency efforts;
  • Define LEED Positive targets for other LEED credit categories that make up the holistic LEED rating system;
  • Continue investment in LEED v4.1 to accelerate the implementation and adoption of LEED for both new and existing buildings;
  • Support category level performance certificates through the Arc platform to provide existing buildings with a pathway to LEED certification.

Click here to find out more from GBCI.

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