LEED v4 puts emphasis on life cycle assessment of building products

In the latest version of the LEED rating system, the USGBC is putting emphasis on building product disclosure. Lauren Wallace of the Epsten Group, high-performance building specialists, joins us to talk about some of the changes made in LEED v4 and the impact it's having in the marketplace.

As LEED v4 goes into effect, builders and consultants will have to incorporate the additional focus on life cycle assessment for materials credits to measure the  environmental impact of products that go into a building.

The Epsten Group has been selected as a participant in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED v4 Beta Program. The firm’s project, The Edge, is home to Epsten Group’s offices and has already received LEED-NC v2009 Platinum Certification.

In the LEED v4 Beta Program, The Edge will be pursuing another Platinum Certification, this time under LEED v4 for Operations and Maintenance: Existing Buildings (LEED O+M).

The USGBC provides an innovative process for LEED v4 Beta Program projects including two phases for LEED O+M project certification.

During the Establishment Period, the project team develops all policies and procedures. In the Performance Period, all policies, building testing and occupant surveys are completed. Data can be submitted for review after each period or all at the end. Epsten Group’s The Edge is the world’s first project to have completed an Establishment Review.

“The Edge has been a model in Atlanta for what can be accomplished through sustainability,” said Dagmar Epsten, Epsten Group’s president and CEO. “We are proud to be a part of the LEED v4 Beta Program to not only help shape the next generation of LEED, but also to further demonstrate the value of high-performance built environments.”

Located in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward and originally constructed in the 1940s, The Edge has received several design and environmental awards in addition to its LEED-NC v2009 Platinum certification in 2011. The building’s sustainable features include photovoltaic membranes, a green roof, high-efficiency systems and lighting, highly insulated walls with an air barrier, water-efficient fixtures, low-VOC finishes, and salvaged wood.

Selected by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2006 as a consultant, Epsten Group has provided LEED certification reviews for over 6,000 high-performance buildings in more than 50 countries.

Read more about green building certifications.


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Construction Firms, Engineering Firms, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council


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