06/26/2009 | By Allen Kenney
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced June 25 that it will require recurring performance reports for buildings to receive LEED certification, a benchmark for sustainability in the commercial real estate industry.
Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED with the USGBC, said the data collected under the new requirement would help inform the program going forward.
"Today there is all too often a disconnect, or performance gap, between the energy modeling done during the design phase and what actually happens during daily operation after the building is constructed," Horst said. "We're convinced that ongoing monitoring and reporting of data is the single best way to drive higher building performance because it will bring to light external issues such as occupant behavior or unanticipated building usage patterns, all key factors that influence performance."
The new requirement can be satisfied in three different ways:
- biannual recertification;
- annual reports on energy and water;
- authorizing the USGBC to access energy and water usage from the property's utility providers.
"LEED was created to transform the way we build and operate buildings with a goal of reducing the impacts of the built environment. The LEED design and construction certifications recognize one piece of a building's lifecycle, but it's the day-to-day running of the building that has dramatic impact on its performance," Horst noted.