The section of the report is broken up into three sections: Rating System Development, Innovation Credits, and Industry Innovation. The following includes key highlights from the sections.
Rating System Development
- Aims to "continuously improve the cycle that enables the rating system" in order to prepare the market for changes
- The system is purposefully updated every three years so that they may focus on technology and industry improvements
- This constantly changing standard challenges professionals to remain current and relevant
- Changes to LEED: public input and then voted on by the members of USGBC
- "Innovation credit 2 is a 'bonus' credit in LEED that rewards points for 'Innovation in Design' or 'Innovation in Operations' efforts, depending on the rating system"
- "1,181 projects with a total gross square footage of 187,940,909 certified under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance v2009 achieved a total of 4,051 points for Innovation in Operations credit one"
- As mentioned, technology is key to the success of LEED and updates and are often a catalyst for the innovations and aims to transform the market
- "The innovations:
- Renewable energy: solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, renewable energy offsets
- Building automation systems (BAS)
- Net-zero/net-positive buildings
- LED light bulbs"