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U.S. Green Building Council Launches Draft LEED v5 for Operations and Maintenance

A draft of the LEED v5 for Operations and Maintenance (O+M) rating system for existing buildings was introduced by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED v5, the newest version of LEED, marks a transformative milestone in the built environment’s alignment with a low-carbon future and addresses critical imperatives such as equity, health, ecosystems and resilience.

According to USGBC, the LEED rating system is the world’s preeminent green building certification system, with more than 100,000 projects certified globally. While the launch of LEED v5 begins with existing buildings, LEED v5 for Building Design and Construction (BD+C) will roll out in 2024.

In conjunction with the release of the LEED v5 O+M draft and on the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo stage today, White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi announced a plan to create a new national definition of zero-emissions building. LEED v5 will align with this definition, including requirements for LEED Zero Carbon and Platinum-level projects that specify low to no operational GHG emissions, to help the industry coalesce impactful strategies.

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