Changes to LEED Certification Standards Delayed
2009 Standard with EV Charging Infrastructure Credits to Remain Until 2013
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) last week announced that they would delay finalizing the 2012 LEED standards to fully address stakeholder input.
As you recall, EDTA members commented in large numbers opposing a proposed change in LEED certification standards that would have changed the current recognition of alternative fuel infrastructure. The response was part of USGBC decision to reinstate recognition of charging infrastructure credits and to open a 4th comment period.
Voting on the revised version was scheduled for June with LEED 2012 launching in November. Instead the USGBC announced that “In response to overwhelming feedback from our members, core LEED users and engaged stakeholders, USGBC announced today that it will delay ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013. Because of this date change LEED 2012 is being renamed LEED v4.”
In the interim, the 2009 standards will remain in place. The 2009 LEED standard provides credits for promoting alternative fuel vehicles, including installation of charging infrastructure such as EV charging stations. Details are available in a PDF at LEED 2009, page 8.
USGBC also committed to a fifth public comment period, opening on October 2, 2012 and closing on December 10, 2012. The council plans to hold public forums and educational sessions on LEED v4 at its Greenbuild conference in San Francisco, November 14-16, 2012. EDTA will work to coordinate submission of comments to USGBC to support the retention of credits for EV charging infrastructure and make the voice of our members heard in the LEED certification discussion.
EV Charging Station Benefits Beyond LEED
Installing EV charging infrastructure in new construction and retrofitting existing multiunit dwellings may earn owners more than just LEED points. Landlords can attract a top tier marketing demographic by staying competitive and distinguishing their properties with the latest, most innovative and environmentally conscious amenities. The rewards may also be monetarily based. Some regions across the US are beginning to offer grants that partially cover the cost of charging station installation.
What Builders, Owners and Tenants Need to Know
Before deciding to install an EV charging station, there are many details to consider after you take into account the initial costs and potential LEED credits. For example, after determining the most ideal location to place the unit, responsibility for maintenance costs must be considered. Additionally tenants who own EVs may now be required to obtain permission from or provide payment to their landlords for charging their vehicle using the building’s energy. Read more about this particular issue in the blog post by Pat Romano, president and CEO at Coulomb Technologies on the Electric Drive Blog.
This entry was initially published on June 15, 2012 in The Electric Drive Report, the newsletter from the Electric Drive Transportation (EDTA). To subscribe and receive your own weekly copy of the newsletter, please click here.