Pending Increase in LEED Energy Performance Thresholds

Pending Increase in LEED Energy Performance Thresholds

By Tim Murray

The USGBC is in a public comment period and preparing to ballot membership for an increase in the minimum energy performance for LEED 2009 projects. This will change the PREREQUISITE for energy performance, taking the minimum energy performance from 10% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007 to:

  • LEED-New Construction = 18% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007 (currently 4 points)
  • LEED for Healthcare = 16% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007  (currently 3 points)

This step is being taken because LEED v4 has been delayed for so long that LEED 2009 is in danger of falling behind current energy codes.

This change does not affect projects already registered under LEEDv2009! This will only be applicable to those projects registered 30 days after the ballot period ends, if approved. The ballot will be held in Winter 2015, so this change will likely go into effect at the first of 2016. Projects can register now to lock in the lower minimum energy thresholds.

A reminder that LEEDv4 becomes mandatory on October 30, 2016 for all projects.

USGBC National article explaining the changes is here: Overview 

Summary of proposed changes is here: Summary

Submit comments to USGBC here, if desired: Comments

You must be a member employee in good standing prior to October 30 in order to vote in the ballot.



October 08, 2015 – The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Houston Chapter is prepping for its second annual IREM Food Fest. This year, the networking event’s cooking competition is themed around “Great Tailgate” and requires amateur cooks to create food items inspired by tailgating culture. This unique event serves as a fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization and will be held on October 15th from 4:00 P.M. to 8 P.M. on the lawn at 1700 Post Oak Blvd.

The social event, which is styled like a food festival, features IREM members from different commercial real estate firms alongside service providers to the industry as the event’s chefs. 

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Gensler’s Maria Perez Selected as 2015 LEED Fellow

LEED Fellows are best-of-the-best in green building design, engineering and development

HOUSTON, TX – Gensler announced today that Maria Perez, AIA, has been named a 2015 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This year’s 35 Fellows are being honored for their outstanding work as LEED Professionals and for the significance of their contributions to the green building community at large. The LEED Fellow designates the most exceptional professionals and it is the most prestigious designation awarded from GBCI.

“Maria Perez is a remarkable individual who has long been a leader in the green building movement,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, GBCI and CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Her expertise and excitement motivates all of us to continue to look ahead to what’s next and to continue the innovation that has been the hallmark of our movement. Sharing her passion, knowledge and commitment, Maria anchors both the past and the future of our movement.”

LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow evaluation committee. Perez is the only 2015 LEED Fellow in Houston and within Gensler.

“We are so pleased that Maria has been recognized by GBCI for her outstanding leadership,” said Gensler Regional Managing Principal David J. Calkins. “Her passion and commitment to sustainable design is an invaluable benefit to our firm, our region and our clients.” 

“I was an early adopter of LEED at Gensler,” Perez said. “Beginning in 2003, I began developing building metrics and tools that would inform our design choices and provide our clients with more sustainable options. I have been an advocate for sustainable design as an educator and a designer. My work has extended beyond borders and beyond our firm. Sustainability is something I believe in deeply and I am very gratified to receive this recognition from GBCI for my accomplishments to date. I hope to continue transforming the built environment into a more sustainable future.”

The 2015 LEED Fellows will be recognized in Washington, D.C. at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which is being held Nov. 18-20, 2015.

About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
The Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL
building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) and the GRESB benchmark.

About Gensler
Gensler is a global design firm grounded in the belief that great design optimizes business performance and human potential. Our 5,000 practitioners networked across 46 offices use global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. Whether we are refreshing a retailer’s brand, planning a new urban district or designing a super tall building, we strive to make the everyday places people occupy more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful.

2015 Cohort of LEED Fellows

Maria Perez of Gensler has been designated as a member of the 2015 cohort of LEED Fellows. She is the first LEED Fellow located in the greater Houston metropolitan area. Maria serves as secretary of the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Council. Join us this November at Greenbuild to congratulate Maria on her accomplishment.

USGBC Press Release 
Maria's bio