USGBC launches program to address net-zero carbon green buildings

November 19, 2018

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) launches new program to create net-zero building projects. Photo © www.bigstockphoto.com[1]
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) launches new program to create net-zero building projects.
Photo © www.bigstockphoto.com

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC)[2] launched LEED Zero[3], a new program to address net-zero operations and resources in green building projects.

LEED Zero is open to all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED[4] projects certified under the BD+C, ID+C or O+M rating systems, or projects registered to pursue LEED O+M certification. LEED projects can achieve LEED Zero certification when they demonstrate net-zero carbon emissions, net-zero energy use, net-zero water use, or net-zero waste.

“For more than two decades, LEED has provided a framework for high-performance buildings and spaces, and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through strategies impacting land, energy, transportation, water, waste, and materials,” said Melissa Baker, senior vice-president of technical core at USGBC. “Building on that work, LEED Zero is a complement to LEED that verifies the achievement of net-zero goals and signals market leadership in green building.”

LEED Zero recognizes specific achievements in building operations and rewards projects that have used LEED as a framework to address important aspects of green buildings and taken their buildings to the next level by designing and operating toward net-zero goals. According to USGBC, LEED Zero encourages a holistic approach for buildings and places that will contribute to a regenerative future. This is part of a vision to ensure the next phase of USGBC’s efforts will be LEED positive, where buildings generate more energy than they use, and remove more carbon than they produce.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Opener-9.jpg
  2. (USGBC): http://www.usgbc.org/
  3. LEED Zero: https://new.usgbc.org/leed-zero
  4. LEED: https://new.usgbc.org/leed

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