Bigger, broader and beyond with Arc: Toward a regenerative built environment
Arc uses data to allow LEED projects to achieve beyond Platinum and give energy back to the community.
In this series, USGBC experts will share thoughts on the advent of Arc and what it means for the future of LEED and a better built environment: supporting all buildings and communities in their quest to go bigger with their commitments to healthy and efficient spaces, broader in their application of green strategies and beyond Platinum-level performance.
Throughout this series, we’ve shared how LEED is expanding in every direction: bringing all buildings in through the Arc platform, going deeper into existing buildings through the performance pathway to LEED v4 O+M certification and broadening project boundaries to include whole communities and cities. We’ve also delved into streamlining the certification process for the broader suite of GBCI-administered rating systems to track performance and optimize green building strategies across virtually every facet of the sustainability industry. We’ve started to expand our aspirations beyond LEED Platinum, toward a regenerative built environment.
The success of LEED Platinum
Since its inception, LEED has been a platform for recognizing and celebrating the leaders driving real market change, who have so far built and operated more than 6,000 LEED Platinum buildings worldwide. These exceptional buildings can be found across 58 countries, representing office towers, schools, homes, hospitals and hotels—and make up the essential spaces where people live, work, learn and play.
A LEED Platinum building reflects the design and operation of a cohesive system that has gone above and beyond the prescribed framework. Project teams put tremendous effort into their certification, and they are starting to see opportunities to push the market even further. As we look to expand the potential of LEED, we have a vision for regenerative, healthy spaces that can sustain generation after generation. But how do we define and deliver better buildings?
Using data to go beyond Platinum
Performance defines the concept of “beyond Platinum.” Data is the core of performance, and it is the core of LEED. We’ve used it in our energy simulation models, daylighting analysis, water efficiency calculator and thermal comfort surveys. Every LEED credit requires building information and data-based calculations. Arc is the platform through which users can streamline the interaction with building data. It provides deeper visibility and immediate response to improve the quality of space for people and buildings—all of which is distilled in the simple but elegant LEED Performance Score.
A perfect performance score in Arc defines a building that does not generate carbon emissions from energy and transportation, does not waste materials, uses no potable water and provides a high level of satisfaction to occupants. The platform already calibrates to net zero carbon for energy and transportation, and net zero potable water so that projects can start making advances towards those goals today. The analytics section in Arc helps team identify, track and measure incremental progress towards such goals.
We want to take it a step further. We propose that projects that go beyond Platinum give back to nature instead of taking from it, providing more to the people and community than what went into building it. This is what we mean by regenerative.
Are you ready to go beyond Platinum?