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editorial New Things to Think About The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as always maintained that its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is a work in progress, and accordingly it has undergone a series of changes and evolutions since it was first introduced in 2000. This April, however, a longanticipated and comprehensive overhaul to the system was announced. Known as LEED v3, it is intended to simplify the process of LEED certification and re-prioritize the system’s values to make it more responsive to the issues of climate change and energy efficiency. If you choose to read nothing else in this issue of Green and Design (and we hope that will not be the case!) you should read “LEED v3: A Highly Evolved Solution,” (p.8) in which contributing editor Jan Lakin drills down how this newest version of LEED differs from previous versions, and explains the basics of what you need to know now if you intend to pursue LEED certification for your projects in the future. It may not be perfect and it has had its share of criticism over the years, but LEED is the de facto standard for sustainable building in the United States and increasingly abroad, so it is important to understand how these changes affect your work. Also in this issue—and in subsequent issues, at that—is an exploration of legal issues surrounding sustainable building. Lawyers, like designers, real estate developers, and product manufacturers, have carved a niche for themselves in the sustainable building arena, and there are myriad details pertaining to contracts and liabilities, etc., that come with the territory. Ultimately author Richard J. Sobelsohn, Esq., LEED AP hopes to convince you that you need to employ the services of an attorney who is studied in sustainable building practices—and considering that we live in such a litigious society, that may be very sound advice. In the meantime, take advantage of the legal advice he has to offer here for free, in the pages of Green and Design. G Patrick Brennan Vice President, Design Media Group Jennifer Thiele Busch Editorial Director Katie Weeks Senior Editor Jonathan Marsland Creative Director Barbara W. Lau Production Manager Editorial Advisory Board Alison Embrey Medina, Editor, DDI Magazine; Tara Mastrelli, Managing Editor, HD Magazine; Diana Mosher, Editor, MultiHousing News; Suzann Silverman, Editor, Commercial Property News; Christina Trauthwein, Editor, Kitchen + Bath Business Editorial Offices 646-654-4500 phone 770 Broadway, 13th Floor New York, NY 10003 President: Greg Farrar Senior Vice Presidents: Michael Alicea (Human Resources); Sloane Googin (Finance); Mark Hosbein (Marketing); Gerry Byrne (Media & Entertainment); Sabrina Chow (Brand Media and Corporate Development); David Loechner (Retail); Joe Randall (Building & Design); Mary Kay Sustek (Central Services) Vice Presidents: Howard Appelbaum (Licensing): Jennifer Grego (Manufacturing & Distribution); Joanne Wheatley (Audience Marketing) 04 | May/June 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green & Design - May/June 2009

Green & Design - May/June 2009
LEED v3: A Highly Evolved Solution
Book Review
Learning Curve
Environmental Trends in Kitchen Design
The Butterfly Effect
Eastern Promise
Social Science
Retail Remedy
They Speak for the Trees
Up to the Challenge
Here Come the Lawyers
Green Gets Political
The Hardest Part of Being Green
Products: Designer’s Picks
Sources and Ad Index

Green & Design - May/June 2009