LEED To Recognise Living Building Challenge

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The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced it will recognise energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (LBC) green building system within its LEED green building program.
The news is likely to be welcomed by those businesses seeking to achieve industry-recognised energy efficiency certification, as it effectively means they have another route in which to get there.
The move means that projects which meet the energy and water requirements under the LBC will be considered on a par with LEED, the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
 
Scot Horst, chief product officer for USGBC, suggested the decision to elevate the standing of the LBC was an easy one given that the two groups share a goal to "transform the way we design, build and operate our buildings".
 
"The [Living Building] Challenge plays an important role on the green building performance curve and is a complement to LEED," he added.
 
Horst explained how there is a natural sense of competition between systems, but occasionally that needs to be set aside to ensure people are getting appropriate recognition for their renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts.
 
The USGBC believes that creating harmonisation between systems will ensure they will receive the deserved acknowledgements, which may inspire them further up the ladder towards zero carbon emissions.
 
It's not the first time the USGBC has looked to consolidate the world's green building systems; in 2012 it announced it was to recognise energy credits from Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) International, the UK's green building rating program.
 
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