United States federal agencies are gearing up to intensify their commitment to USGBC, or the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or the (LEED) rating system for federal buildings into 2011, despite several criticism of its effectiveness.
In the Ecobuild America conference last Dec. 6-10, 2010 in Washington, D.C, representatives of federal agencies publicized their green agendas for federal buildings for the New Year.
The largest federal landlord, the U.S. General Services Administration is said to be a continuing champion of the LEED rating system. In October 2010, GSA stated that a LEED Gold certification is going to be a minimum standard requirement for new federal buildings, including major renovations and new constructions.
GSA is also evaluating previous projects and federal buildings, which are funded and built in fiscal year 2010 and earlier. Federal buildings will be evaluated to see how and where to add LEED Gold standard fixtures.
And also, the GSA, under the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007, is pushing through 100% cutback of fossil-fuel use by the 2030, and other requirements that includes the Green Proving Ground program and the Zero Environmental Footprint.
Federal Buildings and Modernizations national director, Charles Matta, at the General Services Administration said that, even if there has been some criticisms for LEED certified building’s actual performance, the general objective of the LEED rating fits well to GSA’s mission.
Matta also said GSA’s aggressive energy-saving objectives on many projects will possible result in federal buildings that easily surpass the LEED Gold standard.