Is LEED Certification Still Relevant?
The early version of LEED allowed for only one credential: the LEED Accredited Professional (AP). This may have been sufficient in the early years of environmental sustainability, back in 2000 when the LEED Rating System was created.
Since then, building professionals have adopted more eco-friendly ways of doing their work. With sustainability becoming so widely accepted across many different occupations, the USGBC realized that they needed to adapt their LEED Rating System to accommodate the individuals who were seeking out the credential.
This spawned the birth of LEED v3, which now offers an entry-level credential to green building, called the LEED Green Associate. The next step is the advanced LEED AP with Specialty credential. Finally, the USGBC developed a LEED Legacy credential, which, to this day, is slightly undefined. The LEED Legacy credential has the potential to flourish; it is simply a matter of gauging the audience and determining who would qualify for such a title.
When LEED v3 took over in June 2009, the number of accredited individuals went through the roof. These new tiers for credentialing allowed for many more people to become involved in the LEED Certification process.
It’s been 11 years since the LEED Rating System was created. Let’s take a quick look at its effectiveness and current status:
- Is the LEED Certification Rating System meeting the expectations and needs of the green building professionals who seek out the credential? Yes, I’d say so. It speaks volumes that the USGBC adapted the entire process to accommodate its new and overwhelming audience.
- Is LEED Accreditation as popular as it was in June 2009? Yes, perhaps even more popular, since individuals from all occupational backgrounds can find a niche. It is not uncommon for lawyers, Realtors, students, and marketing professionals to pursue the LEED Green Associate credential due to their interest, and perhaps involvement, in green building projects. LEED is not just for architects!
- Is LEED Certification for buildings still relevant? Not only is it relevant, it’s basically common practice. To maintain marketability, facility owners and managers need to keep up-to-date on the latest green building trends. On any given day, I see at least 20 stories about a new building achieving LEED Certification. LEED is an internationally-recognized rating system and is still very much in the headlines and at the forefront of many building plans.
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