Third-party certification is a great way to add credibility to any green building. Aiming for a third-party certification is not the only way to achieve a healthy and high performance space, but it is certainly one of the most efficient ways to guarantee you get one. Let’s explore some of the most common green building rating systems, such as LEED – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, The Living Building Challenge, the WELL Building Standard, ENERGY STAR Certification, Green Globes, and Net-Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB). Each certification differs in its scope and goals, but each offers valuable ways to benchmark energy and/or water use and receive recognition for a well-designed project.
21 Things You Should Know about LEED v4
Did you know…Every day, 1.5 million square feet of building gets certified under the LEED rating system? The number of international project registrations has more than doubled in the last 3 years. International projects made up 1/3rd of total registration in 2013. With presence in more than 150 countries, LEED has had a significant impact on the built environment. LEED v4, the latest version of LEED, comes with a lot of changes and you will want to be sure you’re up to speed!
WELLopedia: Understanding the Ins and Outs of the WELL Rating System
Stay up to date with the latest industry developments and earn CE credit! This 5 hour GBCI/AIA CE series will examine the latest green building rating system- the WELL Building Standard. Focusing on the health and well-being of building occupants while implementing sustainable building practices, the WELL Building Standard complements the LEED v4 rating system well.
Understanding LEED v4 ID+C Inside and Out
Your crash course to the new LEED v4 ID+C rating system is here! This course will look at considerations for core and shell as well as commercial interior projects. In addition to a credit analysis, we will look at the effects of material choices on the interior environment and discuss potential owner/tenant issues that may arise. The course will also highlight areas of leases that should be carefully considered prior to signing. Finally, case studies will bring to life the concepts discussed through this course.