USGBC to Offer Precedent-Setting ?LEED Interpretations? |

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U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Rating system is like any other set of standards, guidelines. As with all codes, standards and even laws, interpretation is required for proper implementation. According to, USGBC is set to unveil precedent-setting rulings in the form of “LEED Interpretations.” Along with the previous Credit Interpretation Rulings process, this should provide greater clarity to project-specific certification:

Under the expected plan for LEED Interpretations, the current non-precedent-setting CIRs will continue. The interpretations will be layered on top, with the following features:

  • A LEED Interpretation may be related to a LEED prerequisite, credit, or a Minimum Program Requirement.
  • For a fee, a LEED project team will be able to request a precedent-setting LEED Interpretation.
  • USGBC staff and technical committees will review the LEED Interpretations.
  • The resulting LEED Interpretations will be offered by USGBC in a publicly available database.
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