The U.S. Green Building Council announced in July that its membership voted to adopt LEED v4, the latest update to the green building rating system.
The new version received an 86% favorable vote. That includes 90% approval from the user category of the voting body, 77% from the general interest category and 89% from the producer category. To pass, the version needed 66.7% of the vote.
“There are 46 countries and territories around the world and all 50 U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) represented in the voting pool for LEED v4, which includes an extraordinarily diverse group of industry professionals, manufacturers, educators and other green building leaders,” said Joel Ann Todd, chair of the LEED Steering Committee.
Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED and the USGBC, added, “This update of LEED builds on the past while offering new requirements, preparing all LEED projects to achieve higher levels of building performance and positive environmental outcomes.”
During the summer, USGBC will offer education on LEED v4 through webinar suites. The full program and reference guides will be released Nov. 20-22 at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Philadelphia.
In other USGBC news, World Bank Group member IFC and the World Green Building Council will collaborate to ramp up the construction on green buildings in emerging markets.