Posted by: phillipsre | December 18, 2012

Changes Coming to Two Green Building Programs

This information shared from The Apartment Industry Mobilization Service

NAA/NMHC JOINT LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM NEWS 

Changes Coming to Two Green Building Programs

The updates of two green building programs of importance to the apartment sector—the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED programs–are nearing completion. The new requirements could significantly affect multifamily green building projects moving forward.

Publication of the updated NGBS (ICC-700 2008) is expected in early 2013. The NGBS is an important tool for the multifamily sector, as it is the only green building standard addressing all residential properties and developed with input from the apartment industry.

Concurrently, development of LEED v4–an update to LEED 2009–is in its final stages. In the new version of the program, LEED users will face substantially altered credits and requirements, as LEED v4 is specifically designed to increase the rigor of the program. USGBC will convene a voting committee in April 2013, with final approval of the new criteria scheduled for the summer of 2013. LEED 2009 will remain available for use until June 2015 to accommodate projects in development.

Read more about the NAA/NMHC here.

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