There is new information that retail procurement professionals should be aware of as LEED gains greater acceptance in retail construction projects.

October 21st, 2008

(LEED) or The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System will be administered by the Green Building Certification Institute part of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) beginning in January of 2009.

(LEED) or The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System will be administered by the Green Building Certification Institute part of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) beginning in January of 2009.

LEED encompasses a group of standards for sustainable environmentally focused construction which we should all be concerned with as we consider the environmental foot print we plan on leaving our children and our children’s children. Within the retail market, there is currently a LEED retail pilot program that addresses the variety of unique spaces that are operated by retailers based on their differing product lines. This pilot will result in two new rating systems for retail. 1. LEED for Retail; New Construction and 2. LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors. Both certification programs should be ready for launch during January of 2009. Contingently a comprehensive LEED for Retail Reference Guide will be printed and available to support these certifications during the first quarter of 2009. These projects are presently closed for participation. Draft material relative to both certifications can be viewed on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) website http://www.usgbc.org.

As procurement knowledge workers consider their procurement needs for new construction projects and remodels it is important they are aware of these certifications and make sure that their supplier partners are also aware and moving in the direction of adhering to these new retail standards. From a corporate social responsibility perspective, it’s the right thing to do for retailers and suppliers alike.

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