The bar for green building standards has been raised.
Any new federal construction or major renovation will now be required to achieve LEED Gold Certification. (Previously, LEED Silver was the requirement).
Roger Peck, the commissioner of public buildings for the U.S. General Services Administration, said “This new requirement is just one of the many ways we’re greening the federal real estate inventory to help … increase sustainability and energy efficiency across government.”
LEED Certification is a standardized measure of energy efficiency that involves a number of evaluation categories. Projects receive credit for the lighting category by installing ENERGY STAR®– labeled light fixtures, lamps and ceiling fans.