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USGBC Applauds Final Definition of a Zero Emissions Building

Parul Dubey on June 7, 2024 - in Buildings, News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 6, 2024 — The Biden Administration, perhaps more than any previous administration, recognizes the enormous role that buildings play in our lives and our environment. USGBC has been pleased to collaborate with the White House and Department of Energy in this effort, and we were thrilled to work with the Biden Administration during Greenbuild to announce plans to create a new national definition of a zero-emissions building. 

This is the future of buildings, and the definition will be an important tool for establishing a common understanding of what it really means to be a zero operating emissions building.  As financial institutions, investors, and insurers grapple with climate risks, we see the baseline established by this definition as key to evolving market expectations. 

USGBC is currently developing the next phase of our LEED rating system – LEED v5 – and we are committed to aligning the new rating systems by including specific LEED certifications designed to certify projects to the national definition. As markets increasingly demand greater sustainability, we hope and expect that it will be a popular approach for future LEED projects. 

LEED, which launched the green building revolution 30 years ago, will continue to be the holistic platform that recognizes not just energy-related performance established under this definition but other attributes like materials, water efficiency, waste management, land use, transportation and indoor air quality – all of which are critically important to social equity, human health and community well-being. 

 About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to transforming how buildings and communities are designed, built and operated to create thriving, healthy, equitable and resilient places that advance human and environmental wellbeing. USGBC leads market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy supporting public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on X (formerly Twitter), InstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.


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