USGBC Announces ‘LEED Automation’ to Streamline and Create Capacity for LEED Green Building Projects

New program open to multiple technology companies and organizations will improve data tracking, information and content integration for green building projects under way

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), developers of the LEED green building program recently announced LEED Automation, a new program in collaboration with leading technology companies that is designed to streamline and create capacity for the LEED building certification process.  LEED Automation enables LEED Online, the online tool projects use to submit documentation and certify LEED projects, to interact with third party technology platforms. 

“LEED Automation takes the green building process to a new level,” said Chris Smith, Chief Operating Officer, USGBC.  “We recognized several years ago that we cannot focus only on the evolution of LEED and its continuous improvement.  The technology used to administer the LEED certification process is also evolving to increase customers’ business agility through improved data, information and content integration.”

LEED Automation works similarly to an app.  It will perform three key functions for LEED project teams and users of LEED Online by seamlessly integrating third-party applications with LEED Online.

* Provide automation of various LEED documentation processes
* Deliver customers a unified view of their LEED projects
* Standardize LEED content and distribute it consistently across multiple technology platforms

This marks the first time USGBC has opened LEED Online to the software application market and third party software developers.  It represents the initial step in what USGBC expects will be the addition of many technology partners in the future. 

“LEED Automation allows USGBC and the technology companies to create multi-party interactions versus point-to-point communications between various software applications and IT systems,” said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED, USGBC.  “This will make the LEED documentation and certification process much more intuitive, and enable our systems to talk to one another with the push of a button.” 

The technology agreement also allows communities of independent system, software and service owners to collaborate dynamically to deliver a richer customer experience.  “It is built in accordance with Service Oriented Architecture using Internet standards like HTTP, XML and Simple Object Access Protocol.  This makes for a common online language so that in the future, we can further enhance and build upon this work,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, Senior Vice President of Business Technology Transformation, USGBC.


Posted November 22, 2010

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