A second draft of LEED 2012 is out, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is accepting public comments from August 1 to September 14. The new draft and its revisions reflect hundreds of hours of USGBC staff and volunteer time. If a final version of LEED 2012 is approved by USGBC members next year, it will be released around November 2012.
Among the changes to this draft is the name. In its first draft of the new suite of LEED rating systems, USGBC shied away from calling it “LEED 2012,” but this draft officially uses that name. The draft includes changes to all the major LEED rating systems, including LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) and its companion Design & Construction systems (D&C); LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM); LEED for Neighborhood Developments (LEED-ND); and LEED for Homes.