In a piece posted by Reuters [link/GreenBiz.com] the author fails to understand that USGBC’s LEED is a NOT a standard. Item number 9 in the piece says, I quote:
9. Meet LEED standards. Build, renovate, and operate your facilities according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards…..
LEED is one of many  available methodologies that can be used to assess the environmental performance of buildings, it is a rating tool, not a standard.
. Other international green building rating tools include BEAM, BREEAM, Green Star, Green Mark, and Green Globes
— John Herbert, consultant, Kelcroft E&M Limited
The Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method or BEAM launched the 2009 BEAM Plus version for assessment and certification of green buildings last Friday (20 Nov 2009). One version BEAM Plus EB covers existing buildings, and the other BEAM Plus NB covers new buildings. These rating tools, are not standards, and are intended to cover an entire building.
The documents are available to download FREE from the www.HK-BEAM.org.hk website, here are the links:
BEAM Plus EB (PDF) or BEAM PLus NB (PDF)
Until 31 March 2010 practitioners have the choice, to have building assessed under the new or old tool, after 31 March, green buildings will be assessed under 2009 BEAM Plus.
– John Herbert, Consultant, Kelcroft E&M Limited
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