WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council is changing its certification process for green buildings through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design  program, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. A 30-day online public comment period ended June 22, and the new version, dubbed LEED 2009, is slated to debut in January.

LEED 2009 will reorganize the commercial rating systems by consolidating, aligning and updating them into one system that’s “simpler and more elegant and committed to continuous improvement,” said USGBC spokeswoman Ashley Katz. Points will be allocated differently and reweighed, and the entire process will be flexible to adapt to changing technology, account for regional differences and encourage innovation.

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