In the news: Sustainability

LEED v4: Built to Perform

I’m reading through the July edition of EDC Magazine. In general the magazine provides a great synopsis of buildings, providing how they scored on LEED and what rating they got. It also provides helpful information about trends, materials and details for design options.

What caught my attention in this edition is the articles pertaining to the new LEED v4.  The USGBC developed new impact categories, like “enhance and restore biodiversity,” “build a greener economy,” and “reverse contribution to global climate change.” They’ve also re-weighted the achievable credits for LEED Scoring.

One of the biggest changes is requiring BD&C buildings to have energy and water metering, which means they have to achieve their design capabilities. This takes it into Living Building Challenge territory, which insists that the building must perform at stated values for a full year before it can obtain certification.

Over all, the articles are a strong summary of changes to the USGBC LEED system, and I highly recommend you read them. After all:

After all, the green building movement should be about doing “more good” not “less bad.” ~ Selina Holmes, LEED v4: Built to Perform, ECD Magazine, July Edition. Image by Heather Button
“After all, the green building movement should be about doing “more good” not “less bad”.” ~ Selina Holmes, LEED v4: Built to Perform, ECD Magazine, July 2013 Edition. Image by Heather Button

I highly recommend signing up for the magazine. Certain articles also lend themselves to maintaining LEED continuing education hours.

What do you think?

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