As a part of the broader vision for LEED v3, the certification bodies for the LEED Green Building Rating System have been announced. The companies selected are well-known for their role in certifying organizations, processes and products to ISO and other standards. They are:
- ABS Quality Evaluations Inc., www.abs-qe.com
- BSI Management Systems America Inc., www.bsi-global.com
- Bureau Veritas North America Inc., www.us.bureauveritas.com
- DNV Certification, www.dnvcert.com
- Intertek, www.intertek.com
- KEMA-Registered Quality Inc., www.kema.com
- Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Inc., www.lrqa.co.uk
- NSF-International Strategic Registrations, www.nsf.org
- SRI Quality System Registrar Inc., www.sri-i.com
- Underwriters Laboratories-DQS Inc., www.ul.com/mss
In the spirit of the most successful LEED projects, this evolution in the certification process is being undertaken as an integrated part of a major update to the technical rating system, which will debut in January as LEED 2009, says the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization that developed and administers the LEED standards.
Currently, all LEED project submissions are reviewed by USGBC with the support of independently contracted reviewers. In alignment with its vision of market transformation, beginning in January 2009, the USGBC, developers of LEED, will move administration of the LEED certification process to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), a non-profit organization established in 2007 with the support of USGBC. Working together with the selected certification bodies, GBCI will deliver an improved, ISO-compliant certification process that will be able to grow with the green building movement.
“Third-party certification is the hallmark of the LEED program,” says Alice Soulek, vice president of LEED Development for USGBC. “Moving the administration of LEED certification under GBCI will continue to support market transformation by delivering auditable third-party certification. Importantly, it also allows UGSBC to stick to the knitting of advancing the technical and scientific basis of LEED.”
GBCI currently administers the LEED Accredited Professional program, in alignment with ANSI requirements for professional certifications.