The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Washington, D.C., recently openined the public comment period for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Retail rating system, both for new construction and commercial interiors projects. LEED for Retail recognizes the unique nature of the retail environment and offers a certification system that addresses the various types of retail spaces available, from grocery stores to big box retailers, to restaurants and banks. Since the pilot’s launch in April 2007, USGBC has collaborated with more than 80 retail pilot project teams to develop and refine the innovative program. Once balloted, LEED for Retail will become a part of LEED 2009, the next evolution of the LEED green building certification system.
“Retailers have become strong adopters of LEED, recognizing the need to green their space in order to convey their corporate values to their customer,” says Doug Gatlin, vice president, Market Development, USGBC. “The LEED for Retail rating system is designed specifically for retailers’ unique needs and features technologies and strategies they can use to create spaces that are healthier and safer for customers and employees.”
This is the third public comment for LEED for Retail: New Construction and Major Renovation and the second for LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors. To view the LEED for Retail draft and submit comments online, please visit the LEED Web site.