USGBC Announces “LEED Automation” to Streamline and Create Capacity for LEED Green...

USGBC Announces “LEED Automation” to Streamline and Create Capacity for LEED Green Building Projects

New program open to multiple technology companies and organizations will improve data tracking, information and content integration for green building projects under way

Chicago, IL – November 17, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), developers of the LEED green building program today announced LEED Automation, a new program in collaboration with leading technology companies that is designed to streamline and create capacity for the LEED building certification process. LEED Automation enables LEED Online, the online tool projects use to submit documentation and certify LEED projects, to interact with third party technology platforms.

“LEED Automation takes the green building process to a new level,” said Chris Smith, Chief Operating Officer, USGBC. “We recognized several years ago that we cannot focus only on the evolution of LEED and its continuous improvement. The technology used to administer the LEED certification process is also evolving to increase customers’ business agility through improved data, information and content integration.”

LEED Automation works similarly to an app. It will perform three key functions for LEED project teams and users of LEED Online by seamlessly integrating third-party applications with LEED Online.

• Provide automation of various LEED documentation processes
• Deliver customers a unified view of their LEED projects
• Standardize LEED content and distribute it consistently across multiple technology platforms

This marks the first time USGBC has opened LEED Online to the software application market and third party software developers. It represents the initial step in what USGBC expects will be the addition of many technology partners in the future.

“LEED Automation allows USGBC and the technology companies to create multi-party interactions versus point-to-point communications between various software applications and IT systems,” said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED, USGBC. “This will make the LEED documentation and certification process much more intuitive, and enable our systems to talk to one another with the push of a button.” The technology agreement also allows communities of independent system, software and service owners to collaborate dynamically to deliver a richer customer experience. “It is built in accordance with Service Oriented Architecture using Internet standards like HTTP, XML and Simple Object Access Protocol. This makes for a common online language so that in the future, we can further enhance and build upon this work,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, Senior Vice President of Business Technology Transformation, USGBC.

Attention Greenbuild media attendees:

LEED Automation will be presented as a Specialty Update at the USGBC’s Annual Greenbuild Conference on Wednesday November 17, 2010 in Chicago, IL. The Specialty Update will be held at McCormick Place room 185D, 4-5:30 PM CT.

Interviews with USGBC and a variety of the LEED Automation Partners are available upon request on Wednesday, November 17 between 1-4 PM EST. Please contact or 202.243.8743 for scheduling.

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U.S. Green Building Council
The USGBC community is transforming the way we build, design and operate our buildings for healthier places that save precious resources for people to live, work, learn and play in. UGSBC is helping create buildings and communities that regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Council is the driving force of the green building industry, which is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product by 2013. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials, concerned citizens, teachers and students. The USGBC community comprises 80 local chapters, 17,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 individuals who have earned LEED Professional Credentials. Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.

LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system has transformed commercial and residential building practices by providing the leading tool to create buildings that are environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous. Over 36,000 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED rating systems for the design, construction and operation of green buildings, comprising over 7.1 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. In addition, some 8,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 30,000 more homes registered. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 16-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, education and research organization in the nation.

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Communications Director, USGBC

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings..

With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to soar to $60 billion by 2010.  The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

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