Wednesday, December 22, 2010

LEED App Coming Soon?

USGBC Opens Up Data Flows

December 16, 2010 - With a new initiative called “LEED Automation,” the U.S. Green Building Council has announced the beginning of a new model for LEED documentation and reporting. Currently, teams submit LEED project data for review by entering it into the LEED Online website. LEED Automation makes it possible to collect that data in third-party applications and upload it for review without going through the LEED Online interface. “The world of LEED execution just got faster, better, and cheaper,” promised Mike Opitz, USGBC’s vice president for LEED, at a Greenbuild 2010 session.

Bypassing LEED Online

Given complaints that the current LEED Online system, launched in 2009, has been slow and erratic, many project teams will be excited about the possibility of bypassing it—although it remains to be seen how well third-party developers can improve on it, and what they’ll charge for their solutions. {continued}

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