LEED v4 – What Does That Mean to You?

countdown to v4There has been a lot of discussion for over three years concerning the most recent LEED update.Not updated since 2009,what was supposed to be LEED 2012, became LEED v4 for implementation in 2013. Though this may sound like a delayed process, the release date move reflects a more participative process that embraced one of the widest ranges of green building supply chain members. LEED v4 will be launched at this years Greenbuild Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, PA.  The new reference guide suite will also be available.

Currently, there are more 100 projects pursuing certification through the LEED v4 Beta program. With projects currently in the review phase, some project will certify as early as this summer.

 There are significant changes to LEED v4 that are intended to address an evolving green built environment both domestically and globally. For example, the BD+C rating system includes new space types: retail buildings, data centers, warehouse and distribution centers, hospitality buildings, and healthcare structures. Moreover, there are new Minimum Program Requirements, new prerequisites and new credit categories.

 Plenty of Changes

 There are many other changes and additions in all of the rating systems – BD&C, ID&C, O&M, ND and Homes. These span an array of new terms, new concepts and new credits, and all are designed to help buildings better fit into their total environment.  Instead of considering a building as a separate isolated entity, it becomes a working component in an environment that also consists of a geographic location, wastewater, transportation, and energy supplies, and all must fit together in a way that achieves environmental objectives.

 If one had to describe LEED v4 in one word, it would be “integrated.” The USGBC is working to ensure a green process is in place from pre-design to post-occupancy stages. The integration of green technologies and processes at every stage, inclusive of post-occupancy building performance, means buildings will continue to perform in an environmentally sound way during continued use over the years. To accomplish such a goal requires a sophisticated, forward-thinking process that clearly leads to environmental and building owner and tenant rewards in terms of energy savings and healthier and more comfortable working and living environments. LEED v4 takes another leap in the right green direction.

 Gaining a Perspective

 It is always challenging to find the time to drill down through new certification requirements. LEED v4 makes a number of important changes to LEED 2009 that are based on input from architects, builders, engineers, LEED APs and many others. For this reason, the Green Building Research Institute (GBRI) offered a free webinar on two different days . The webinar offered:

  • New concepts and terminology
  • Overview of rating systems
  • New credit categories
  • Credits and prerequisites
  • Changes in reference standards and processes between LEED 2009 and v4 (most recent draft)

  Session 1:

 January 9, 2013, Wednesday at 2:00 PM EST at: No Longer Available. 1100+ Registered and 700+ Attended


January 16, 2013, Wednesday at 2:00PM EST at: No Longer Available. 1000+ Registered and 600+ Attended

The Webinar is available on-demand now for everyone who missed it. Get 2 free CE hours and see how LEED v4 affects you

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Link to watch the LEED v4 “on-demand”, down load the pdf, etc.


 Also, we have set-up a LEED v4 forum to continue the discussion on LEED v4. Our presenter is also answering to the questions he received from the webinar. Here is the link


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