Those involved in the development or operation of hotels built or renovated to the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards need to be aware of a change coming on April 27. According to the website BuildingGreen.com, it is then when USGBC will launch LEED 2009 (including the new LEED Online). The same date will see the transition of LEED project registration and certification to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the third party that administers the retooled LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) credential.
Projects may be registered under either the new or the old LEED rating system until June 27, 2009, from which point all projects must be registered for LEED 2009. Beginning with the April launch and going through September 27, 2009, GBCI will be encouraging projects registered under the older LEED Online to migrate to the new system. With the administration of the LEED AP credential having transitioned to GBCI in 2008, several versions of previous LEED AP exams will be retired and new versions introduced.
Be sure to visit the USGBC website and Green Lodging News for additional news on LEED 2009.