Adobe Systems, Inc., and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will team up to deliver a series of enhancements to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system documentation and certification process, Adobe recently announced.
The program will utilize a number of Adobe products including Adobe Acrobat desktop software and the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). USGBC will streamline critical forms-based processes for its members and LEED users to reduce the overall cost of LEED certification for project teams and to accelerate the industry's ability to adopt green building practices.
Using Adobe technology, organizations will be able to submit project documentation electronically, get early feedback on certification goals, and easily access and update information throughout the building project.
Fundamental to making the LEED process more user-friendly was moving what had been a cumbersome, paper-intensive process entirely online. Working with Adobe, USGBC will provide building project teams the ability to complete and submit LEED-certification forms online in Adobe PDF, helping to increase accuracy and save time. Users can then save a copy of forms to a local hard drive for archiving purposes. The entire process can be completed by project teams simply using free Adobe Reader software or Acrobat, both of which are widely distributed.