USGBC is inviting the public to comment on the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System, which integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. The program is a collaborative effort between USGBC, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
This rating system is built upon the LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Rating System, which nearly 240 projects have been using since July 2007 as part of a successful pilot program. Eighteen projects have been certified. Their feedback, combined with countless hours of USGBC volunteer time, has produced a more sophisticated, market-responsive rating system.
To view the rating system draft and comment, visit the LEED Rating System Drafts webpage. The public comment period will be open from November 17 through January 5, 2009.