The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is currently looking at potential new frameworks for adapting the tool in the future and invited members to provide proposals through their chapters during the summer. Members of the PPN officer’s group attended their respective chapter meetings of the USGBC across the country to encourage expansion of site issues with particular emphasis on bioregional weighting of site issues. Proposals addressed the goals of the ASLA/TWC Sustainable Site Initiative which seeks to both influence existing LEED® tools and develop a site only rating tool that may become a LEED® product in the future.
One system the USGBC has been discussing is a “bookshelf” system that would simplify the myriad of products it now offers into one LEED® system. Various combinations of books in the system would apply to a range of project types as needed - allowing greater flexibility to “write more books” and supporting familiarity with the existing process.
USGBC recognizes the need to constantly improve and adapt the LEED® tool as new information, new project types and new audiences become available. This is the first step in an on-going, annual process. USGBC will announce the first phases of the LEED® version 3.0 framework at Greenbuild in Denver, November 15 - 17, 2006.
Deb Guenther, ASLA, is Principal at Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners in Seattle, WA and the chair of the Cascadia Chapter of USGBC. Deb can be reached at DebraG@Mithun.com.