How USGBC Will Support Pandemic Recovery Efforts

By Peter Fabris | May 25, 2020
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released a new strategy, “Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy,” to use LEED to support buildings and communities in a post-pandemic world.
The program includes launching emergency guidance and upgrades to LEED to ensure that it reflects the realities that buildings and people inside them will face in the near future. “By helping everyone understand the role a LEED-certified building can have in creating healthy spaces, we can help rebuild public trust, stimulate the economy, and ultimately bring about a healthier standard of living for all,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC president and CEO.
USGBC will update current LEED strategies in LEED v4.1 that support indoor environmental quality, cleaning, occupant comfort, operations, better materials and risk management. The organization will introduce new LEED strategies including pilot credits to support social distancing, nontoxic surface cleaning, air quality, and infection monitoring.
Other USGBC initiatives include forming Regional CEO Advisory Councils to advise and support USGBC’s CEO on how the organization can prioritize sustainability in a post-pandemic world. It will also accelerate the implementation of its USGBC Equity program to better address the social, health, and economic disparities within communities.
USGBC plans to publish a series of best practice guidance reports to help project teams assist their occupants as they reenter their spaces.

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