USGBC builds on LEED with version 4.1

USGBC builds on LEED with version 4.1

Illustration courtesy of USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled the next step for the LEED rating systems: LEED v4.1.

This incremental step in the evolution of the world’s green building rating system is key in achieving the goal of green buildings and communities for all within a generation and is built on the concept of "all buildings in."

That’s why that evolution, officials said, starts with the existing buildings market — those that are occupied and in use now and impacting the lives of many people.

In LEED v4.1, the rating system is simplified. The scorecard and requirements are streamlined, and new methodologies for tracking and rating performance are integrated directly into the rating system, providing a clear framework for achieving LEED certification, not just for entire buildings, but also for spaces within buildings.

A stronger environmental performance leads to economic prosperity, better of quality of life and improved human health and well-being for all, officials said. LEED v4.1 for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) will support this goal by tracking performance in energy, water, waste, transportation, indoor air quality, toxin-free environment and occupant satisfaction.

With LEED v4.1 O+M, an initial certification will be awarded to projects based on the implementation of sustainable operational strategies and performance score achievement in LEED Online.

The resulting points for performance will translate into a LEED certification level.

Starting today, you can:

 


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Great Commercial Buildings, Healthy & Comfortable Buildings, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Office Buildings, Sustainable Communities, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council


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