Introduced with the U.S Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institute’s new LEED program, v.3, is the LEED AP Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) credential, which will replace the designation for Commercial Interiors at some point this summer.
Other program changes which were specified to take place this summer went into effect June 30; however, the GBCI did not indicate that the ID+C exam would commence on that date, but rather most likely at some point in August.
The purpose of the new designation is to form a more specialized credential for professionals working in the design and construction of commercial structures and tenant improvement projects that uphold the USGBC’s green standard for construction and maintenance. This is one of the USGBC professional credentials that isn’t likely to impact homeowners at all.
The LEED AP (ID+C) professional will affect the commercial end of the building industry mostly. The professionals with this designation, however, who work in tenant improvement, may occasionally work with tenant/owners. In the case that you live in a larger tenant complex, you may run into a LEED professional, if the owner of the building you’re in is looking to green up his property. In that case, the LEED AP may speak to tenants to let them know what’s going to take place in their building as well as how they can make more responsible choices that will help the building attain higher levels of eco-friendliness.
In fact, the USGBC does specify that the ID+C program will “provide the tools necessary for sustainable choices to be made by tenants and designers, who may not have control over whole building operations.”
While, at first glance, it appears that the professional wearing this particular LEED hat would be mainly geared at the commercial building industry, it’s quite possible that some of the ID+C designees work solely with tenant/owners to help them achieve a more eco-friendly life and may possibly help to try to persuade other tenants and building owners to take more eco-friendly measures as well for an even larger impact on the environment.