USGBC Maryland chapter chair Stuart Kaplow, Esq., has written this article about remarkable changes in this new version. http://www.stuartkaplow.com/library3.cfm?article_id=182
Highlights from his article and presentation at today's chapter event:
-Philosophical transition from “less negative” to “positive” environmental impact re: net zero buildings.
-No more easy credits: standard practice credits like Fundamental Refrigerant Management have been removed, but not replaced with a higher standard.
-Three new credit categories: Integrated Process, Location & Transportation, and Performance
-More prescriptive, less room for interpretation
-More emphasis on Energy, less on IEQ credits
-Note that actual credit weights have not yet been released.
Other points of interest:
-Datacenter-specific rating system may be coming in the future
-India and UAE have the highest square footage of LEED buildings outside the USA
-LEED currently has about 25% non-residential market penetration
For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org/ or http://www.stuartkaplow.com/