Today USGBC announced the official launch of its new LEED Volume certification program. The program is intended for high-volume property developers, such as retail, hospitality, government, and other commercial developers. In order to qualify, a developer must commit to a minimum of 25 projects within a three year period.
There will be two tracks available to developers: Design and Construction (new construction) and Existing Buildings (set to launch in Spring 2011). After registering as a LEED Volume developer, the design team must submit at least one prototype design showing how they will insure that all successive projects meet the prerequisites and credits selected. This prototype design and documentation will be reviewed and approved. At that point, the developer can begin registering projects. Audits will be used to spot check compliance on specific measures.
“With a more cost-effective, streamlined process, the largest users of LEED are now able to make a larger impact on their building portfolio without compromising the technical rigor LEED has come to stand for,” says Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED. “This program enables us to move further faster to our goals of green buildings for all within a generation.”