LEED 2009 energy update—Voter registration open until January 8 | U.S. Green Building Council
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The LEED 2009 energy update is a proposed increase to the minimum energy performance thresholds for LEED 2009 projects with the goal of ensuring that LEED continues to keep pace with continually improving expectations for building energy efficiency. With this change, project teams will be asked to earn a minimum of 4-points in the energy performance credits.

Before a change of this nature can be implemented, USGBC must follow the ballot process, beginning with public comment. In September, we released the LEED 2009 energy update draft and asked for feedback. In addition to supporting the measure, there were also several questions:

What about more prescriptive options?

We agree that the prescriptive options provide value. They are available to all projects in LEED v4. 

Is there a pathway for projects using ASHRAE 90.1-2010?

Yes, LEED Interpretation 10421 provides options for LEED 2009 projects that demonstrate compliance using ASHRAE 90.1-2010.

Why make the change now? There are many projects that won’t be affected.

Updating the minimum energy requirements in LEED is an important step in the evolution of LEED. In addition to introducing newer versions of LEED, we also have a responsibility to maintain all other available versions of the rating system. Learn more about the update and why it is so important.

View all of the comments and responses.

We are now ready to move to the next phase—voter registration. All employees of USGBC national member organizations with membership in good standing as of Oct. 30, 2015, are encouraged to join the consensus body. Membership should remain in good standing through the end of the ballot period this winter.

Register to vote

Consensus body registration will close on Jan. 8, 2016.