By: Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
The fifth and final public comment period for the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) draft of LEED v4 is now out for public comment. As with the public comment periods for the first, second and third drafts of LEED 2012 (renamed LEED v4 after public comment period 4), we’re offering suggestions on how to comment on the documents to help make the guidelines and credits more preservation friendly. (Check out our blog posts on the first, second and third drafts to see how the process has evolved. Please note, we did not post a blog for the fourth draft because it only had a two-week public comment period. We did however submit comments for that draft.)
How Do I Comment?
As with previous comment periods, we’ve prepared a list of credits that preservationists should consider carefully and comment on if possible (unlike previous comment periods, we’re suggesting nine comments this go-round instead of ten.) Comments for the fifth public comment can be submitted through USGBC's new credit library - https://new.usgbc.org/leed/v4/#comment.
Every comment submitted is reviewed and evaluated. Take a look at the chart on the USGBC website that identifies every comment that was received in the fourth public comment period as well as USGBC’s responses. It makes for some very interesting reading! You must submit your comments online through the official comment process. More details on how to comment are included in our comment recommendation list.
The beauty of USGBC’s online comment process is the ability to comment by credit. You can pick and choose the ones that have the most impact on you or your organization. Don’t be scared by the technical nature of all of this. We’ve been commenting since 2009 and have seen important positive changes for preservation in LEED. We still have a way to go but have found that participation in the process is the key way to make those changes.
All comments must be posted to the USGBC website by December 10.
How and When to Vote on LEED v4
It is expected that the final version of LEED v4 will be ready for membership ballot in summer 2013. If you want your voice heard make sure that your company is a member in good standing by March 1.
Barbara has worked for the past 25 years as an architect, planner and historian – reinventing and restoring historic and existing buildings. From 2006-2011 she was the Chief Architect for the 29 historic sites operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and now runs her own firm BAC/A+P, which occupies a unique niche in both the historic preservation and green building fields.