Visit the GBCI Certification Work Zone at Greenbuild 2016
Have questions about a GBCI® project or the certification process? Trying to apply innovative strategies to save or manage water in a California LEED® project? Struggling to reconcile LEED with Title 24 requirements? Then the GBCI Certification Work Zone, booth #515B at Greenbuild, is for you. (Check out WaterBuild, too.)
At the GBCI Certification Work Zone, you can grab some refreshments while meeting one-on-one with reviewers and assessors and discussing questions about specific projects or about rating system requirements. In addition to LEED, support is available for GBCI's full suite of rating systems.
While we're on the subject of GBCI help and support, note this very helpful overview of key dates and deadlines for achieving LEED certification in 2016.
Additional support and streamlining for LEED projects in California
Last year, USGBC completed a two-year project with a group of our California members, announcing an alignment with the California Green Building Standards Code, better known as CALGreen. Project teams subject to the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) mandatory requirements and registered under a LEED BD+C or LEED ID+C rating system are eligible to use an alternative LEED documentation path for use on select credits. Learn more about this alignment and how to take advantage on your LEED project.
Based on market and LEED user feedback, we expect these options to free up resources that can be invested in the deeper greening of California buildings. Published in the summer of 2015, LEED Interpretation 10419 and LEED Interpretation 10421 can also help projects demonstrate compliance with LEED energy credits via work already required by Title 24.
To further facilitate the application of the green building designs, technologies, materials and methods in California, another group of USGBC members worked with staff to develop a report for California policymakers and policy implementers: Green Codes for California: A progress report and recommendations from LEED & CALGreen User Group.
USGBC's advocacy efforts at the federal, state and local levels are helping to accelerate market transformation toward sustainability in our buildings and communities and are an important complement to free-market forces.