LEED's Scot Horst

The US Green Building Council has announced it will recognise energy and water requirements from the rigorous Living Building Challenge green building system within its LEED tool, the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

The move means that projects achieving the energy and water requirements under the LBC will be considered as technically equivalent to LEED.

USGBC chief product officer Scot Horst said that the LBC tool was complementary to LEED, and that green building rating tools should not be seen as being in competition.

“USGBC and the International Living Future Institute, developers of the Living Building Challenge, share a common commitment and goal to transform the way we design, build and operate our buildings,” he said. “The Challenge plays an important role on the green building performance curve and is a complement to LEED.

“The LEED steering committee approved this approach; in the world of rating systems there is a sense of competition between systems, and what we’re saying is that what matters is that people are doing good environmental work. We want to focus on them and create harmonisation between systems.”

The USGBC made similar move in 2012, recognising energy credits from Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) International, the UK’s green building rating program.