LEED Seeks 3rd Party Software Apps

Coming soon to a computer or mobile device near you: LEED apps. The building certification program, the de facto standard for green development in the United States and beyond, has become so popular that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is opening up its LEED Online tool to the software application market and third-party software developers.

The USGBC said the new program, called LEED Automation, will help provide automation of various LEED documentation processes; deliver customers a unified view of their LEED projects; and standardize LEED content and distribute it consistently across multiple technology platforms.


image via U.S. Green Building Council

“LEED Automation allows USGBC and the technology companies to create multiparty interactions versus point-to-point communications between various software applications and IT systems,” Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED, USGBC, said in a statement.  “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.”

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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