The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC; Washington, D.C.), which operates the LEED green building program, has opened the first public comment period for the draft of the new LEED v5 document.

LEED v5 rating systems, including Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Interior Design and Construction (ID+C), and Operations and Maintenance (O+M), are all open for public comment until May 20.

Centered on three impact areas, all credits and prerequisites in LEED v5 drive improvement toward decarbonization, quality of life, and/or ecological conservation and restoration.

LEED v5 also emphasizes initial and ongoing sustainability efforts throughout a building’s lifecycle.

The current drafts and comment forms are available on the USGBC website.

Final versions of LEED v5, which will incorporate feedback received during the public comment period, are scheduled to be released in early 2025.

For more on LEED, go here.