If you've been following the controversy surrounding LEED and the credit that pertains to certified wood, you probably already know that the U.S. Green Building Council has recently released a new set of proposed revisions--the fourth draft published since 2008. And, you are probably aware that you have just a few more days (until July 4) to comment on the credit revamp. However, you might not be familiar with the requirements for anyone who hopes to weigh in on the changes when they are finally released for member ballot: In order to be eligible to vote, you must first “opt in” to something the USGBC calls a “consensus body.” You have until 5 p.m. PDT on July 21 to do so.
More information about opt-in requirements is available on the USGBC website. For a synopsis of the differences between the previous and current draft, see “LEED Policy on Certified Wood Gets Only Minor Changes,” on our sister publication’s website, greensourcemag.com.