(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is pleased to introduce the brand new LEED® Green Building Rating System for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI). Previously in pilot, the rating system has been balloted by the USGBC membership and is now a fully launched product. LEED-CI is the third Green Building Rating System that has been developed by the USGBC following the LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) and LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) Green Building Rating Systems.
LEED-CI serves building owners and occupants as well as the interior designers and architects who design building interiors and the teams of professionals who install them. LEED-CI addresses performance areas, including: selection of sustainable tenant space; efficiency of water usage; energy performance optimization, including lighting and lighting controls; resource utilization for interior building systems and furnishings, and; indoor environmental quality including comprehensive emissions criteria. The USGBC’s Annual Conference and Expo, Greenbuild, which was held in Portland, OR, last week, previewed the rating system during a Certification Ceremony, which recognized certified LEED-CI pilot projects.
"The long-awaited launch of LEED-CI has been met with much anticipation," said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC president, CEO, and founding chair. "The commercial interiors market is 16 times larger than the new commercial construction market. With the challenge of taking on the commercial interiors market also comes a unique opportunity to shape this sector."
A companion rating system, LEED for Core & Shell developments (LEED-CS), is currently under development. Together, LEED-CI and LEED-CS will establish green building criteria for commercial real estate for use by both developers and tenants.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system where credits are earned for satisfying specified green building criteria. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of green building certification are awarded based on the total credits earned. The LEED standard has been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies as the guideline for sustainable building.
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Since its founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 5,300 member companies and organizations, a 40-person professional staff, a broad portfolio of LEED® products and services, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and a network of 67 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups.