Energy performance requirements within LEED green building rating system increase by 14% as part of U.S. Green Building Council’s eight point Climate Change Agenda.
All newly registered LEED certified projects must now achieve at least two “Optimize Energy Performance” points within LEED. This change will improve the energy performance of LEED certified green buildings by 14% for new construction and 7% for existing buildings.
The new mandatory credits will reduce the environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use and maximize energy performance of buildings through cost effective energy efficiency measures. For each type of LEED project, there are number of different approaches to earn the mandatory energy performance credits.
“Improving energy performance will immediately increase the LEED Green Building Rating System's impact in reducing building energy related greenhouse gas emissions,” said Tom Hicks, Vice President, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council.
For more information on how to earn LEED energy efficiency credits see the Standards sections of the Responsible Purchasing Guide to Office Electronics and the Responsible Purchasing Guide to Computers.