WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announcement that LEED 2009 will remain an available option for projects until Oct. 31, 2016. LEED 2009 was previously expected to be phased out in 2015.
"We appreciate the effort by USGBC and LEED users to move quickly to LEEDv4, but are disappointed by the delay in phasing out LEED 2009. By USGBC's own words, LEEDv4 is more rigorous and includes important updates. LEEDv4 incorporates a more science-based approach to green building that, for the first time, recognized the contribution of wood products to positive environmental performance.
"LEEDv4 credits recognize wood's favorable environmental attributes, leveling the playing field. Wood-based construction provides superior and cost-effective energy performance, and stores carbon, all of which are key elements in green building rating systems."