LEED articles http://in.usgbc.org/articles/leed en Follow up on the LEED in Motion: Venues report with our Green Going Out Guide http://in.usgbc.org/articles/follow-leed-motion-venues-report-our-green-going-out-guide <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/lim-venues_0.png?1487265651" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you like to plan ahead, be spontaneous, or somewhere in between, when it comes to going out, USGBC has you covered. Here's a guide to date night ideas, game day details and weekend activities galore&mdash;all happening in high-performing, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>-certified buildings around the country.</p> <p>Following the release of our LEED in Motion: Venues report, we've pulled together some headline events coming up at a few of our favorite places featured in the report. Click each venue name to see the full, up-to-date listing of upcoming events.</p> <p>While you're there, don&rsquo;t forget to share your visit with us. Download and print <a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1472239364-183-1373/LEED_Leaf_Cutout_Printable.pdf" target="_blank">your very own leaf</a>,&nbsp;snap away and post on social media using the&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FindYourLEED" target="_blank">#FindYourLEED</a>&nbsp;hashtag.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1ouZh5fPkA0hGmRSljNnuGNn3wss" width="640" height="480"></iframe></p> <h2>Northeast</h2> <h3><a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=was#y=2017&amp;m=4&amp;calendar=DEFAULT" target="_blank">Nationals Park</a></h3> <p>Washington, D.C.</p> <ul> <li>4/3/17: Opening Day: Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals</li> <li>4/10&ndash;4/12 2017: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals</li> <li>4/14&ndash;4/16 2017: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals</li> <li>4/28&ndash;4/30 2017: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3><a href="http://www.ppgpaintsarena.com/events" target="_blank">PPG Paints Arena</a></h3> <p>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</p> <ul> <li>2/29/17: Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins</li> <li>2/23&ndash;2/26 2017: Disney on Ice: Dream Big</li> <li>3/8&ndash;3/12 2017: Atlantic 10 Championships 2017</li> <li>3/21/2017: Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey All the Hits Tour</li> <li>3/26/17: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins</li> <li>4/21/2017: Eric Church Holdin&rsquo; My Own Tour</li> </ul> <h3><a href="http://www.pittsburghopera.org/season/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Opera&mdash;Westinghouse Air Brake Factory</a></h3> <p>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</p> <ul> <li>2/18, 2/21, 2/24 and 2/26 2017: As One Pennsylvania Premiere</li> <li>3/25, 3/28, 3/31 and 4/2 2017: Puccini&rsquo;s Turandot</li> <li>4/29, 5/2, 5/5 and 5/7 2017: The Summer King World Premiere&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2>Southeast&nbsp;</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.aaarena.com/events/full-page-calendar" target="_blank">AmericanAirlines Arena</a></h3> <p>Miami, Florida</p> <ul> <li>2/25/17: Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat</li> <li>2/26/17: Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour</li> <li>3/18/17: Franco De Vita Libre Tour</li> <li>3/30/17: Radiohead 2017 U.S. Tour</li> <li>4/13/17: The Chainsmokers Memories Tour 2017</li> <li>4/14/17: Ariana Grande The Dangerous Woman Tour</li> </ul> <h3><a href="http://www.amwaycenter.com/events/event-calendar" target="_blank">Amway Center</a></h3> <p>Orlando, Florida</p> <ul> <li>2/18/17: The Comedy Get Down w/ Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy</li> <li>2/23/17: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Orlando Magic</li> <li>2/24/17: Atlanta Gladiators vs. Orlando Solar Bears</li> <li>3/16 and 3/18 2017: NCAA 2017 Basketball Championship (First and Second Rounds)</li> <li>3/21/17: Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour</li> <li>4/26/17: Red Hot Chili Peppers 2017 North American Tour&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2>Midwest</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.xcelenergycenter.com/events" target="_blank">Xcel Energy Center</a></h3> <p>St. Paul, Minnesota</p> <ul> <li>2/16/17: Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild</li> <li>3/12/17: Panic! At the Disco Death of a Bachelor Tour</li> <li>3/17/17: Miranda Lambert Highway Vagabond Tour</li> <li>3/21/17: San Jose Sharks vs. Minnesota Wild</li> <li>4/1/17: Green Day Revolution Radio Tour</li> <li>5/14/17: Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2>Southwest</h2> <h3><a href="https://peoriasportscomplex.com/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">Peoria Sports Complex</a></h3> <p>Peoria, Arizona</p> <ul> <li>3/27/17: Fan Appreciation Day</li> <li>4/29/17: Sweets Con and Desserts Expo</li> </ul> <p>Check out the full spring training schedules for the <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/spring_training/" target="_blank">San Diego Padres</a> and the <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/spring_training/" target="_blank">Seattle Mariners</a>.</p> <h2>West</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.levisstadium.com/events/category/tickets/" target="_blank">Levi's Stadium</a></h3> <p>Santa Clara, California</p> <ul> <li>2/25/17: Bacon and Beer Classic</li> <li>4/22/17: Monster Jam</li> <li>5/17/17: U2 The Joshua Tree Tour</li> <li>10/4/17: Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3><a href="https://www.theoldglobe.org/shows--tickets/calendar/" target="_blank">The Old Globe </a></h3> <p>San Diego, California</p> <ul> <li>2/4&ndash;3/12 2017: Picasso at the Lapin Agile</li> <li>2/23&ndash;3/26 2017: The Blameless</li> <li>3/25&ndash;4/30 2017: Red Velvet</li> <li>4/8&ndash;5/7 2017: Skeleton Crew</li> <li>5/13&ndash;6/18 2017: The Old Man and The Old Moon</li> <li>5/27&ndash;6/25 2017: The Imaginary Invalid</li> </ul> <h3><a href="https://www.theoldglobe.org/shows--tickets/calendar/" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.oregoncc.org/events" target="_blank">Oregon Convention Center</a></h3> <p>Portland, Oregon</p> <ul> <li>2/17&ndash;2/19 2017: Wizard World&mdash;Portland Comic Con</li> <li>2/24&ndash;2/16 2017: Portland Golf Show 2017</li> <li>3/14/17: U.S. World Open Taekwondo Championships 2017</li> <li>3/11/17: Portland Women&rsquo;s Expo</li> <li>3/31&ndash;4/2 2017: House and Outdoor Living Show</li> <li>4/2/17: 19th Annual Race for the Roses&nbsp;</li> </ul> <!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588634029286bf00b70000b2", "58a5df66f0ee550067000255"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Last year was no exception, with a treasure trove of intriguing projects to showcase. Apart from offering up these stellar project examples, the Top 10 States for LEED also bring to light a number of important trends.</p> <h3>1) Energy surges to the top of the priority list.</h3> <p><img height="501" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487007109-53-0232/Odette.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em>Tucked into the dramatic palisades of the Stags Leap District, the LEED Gold&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/odette-winery" target="_blank"><em>Odette Winery</em></a><em>&nbsp;sits in one of the most iconic Napa Valley appellations. The project achieved a 48 percent improvement on baseline building performance rating and offsets energy use through onsite renewable energy (13 percent) and green power purchases (35 percent).</em></p> <p>Energy efficiency presents huge opportunities to reach community, state and national targets to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. Lighting alone represents <a href="http://plus.usgbc.org/advancing-global-unity/" target="_blank">19 percent of electricity consumption globally</a> and 22&ndash;23 percent of all electricity consumption in the United States. Twenty-five percent of that goes to residential, 15 percent for outdoor lighting for cities and 60 percent to nonresidential lighting.</p> <p>One of the simplest ways to take steps to reduce a building&rsquo;s footprint is by retrofitting lighting. This way, building owners not only help address climate change, but they also reap the benefits of reducing energy bills and delivering a better indoor environment. Many jobs are also created through the renovation of outdated infrastructure.</p> <p>Additionally, efforts to pursue zero net energy for new and existing buildings continue to mount across the U.S., particularly as the cost for onsite solar power decreases and as more building owners see the benefit of showing their commitment to reducing carbon emissions. A <a href="http://newbuildings.org/resource/2014-getting-zero-status-update/" target="_blank">2014 survey</a> by the New Buildings Institute identified more than 160 zero net energy buildings in the U.S., with an additional 53 low-energy buildings defined as "net zero energy capable.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <h3>2) Existing buildings are the future.</h3> <p><img height="1171" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487007423-133-6808/OneWashingtonian.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em>The LEED Platinum&nbsp;</em><em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/one-washingtonian-center-recert-2" target="_blank">One Washingtonian Center</a>&nbsp;</em><em>in Gaithersburg, Maryland, employs numerous operational efficiencies and sustainability practices including water-efficient fixtures and cleaning products that meet Green Seal standards. More than 50 percent of the building&rsquo;s total solid waste is recycled, and the project achieved a 30 percent reduction in indoor potable water use.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>In recent years, the green building industry has sharpened its focus on existing buildings, and this will only continue to become more common as owners and operators conduct deeper assessments into their current buildings and tenant space portfolios. In 2016, LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance was&nbsp;once again the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-releases-annual-top-10-states-for-leed-green-building" target="_blank">most popular rating system within the Top 10 States</a>, representing 53 percent of the total square footage certified. This is consistent with findings in the&nbsp;<a href="http://fidic.org/sites/default/files/World%20Green%20Building%20Trends%202016%20SmartMarket%20Report%20FINAL.pdf">World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report</a>, which found that 43 percent of respondents in the U.S. expect to be working on a green building retrofit in the next three years (compared to the global average of 37 percent).</p> <p>Existing buildings comprise the largest segment of the built environment, and as building owners realize the importance of energy management, water conservation, waste diversion and materials and resources, they will find that their buildings cost less to operate, increase in value, last longer and contribute to a better, healthier, more comfortable environment.</p> <h3>3) Water is precious.</h3> <p><img height="NaN" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487013462-43-4160/Peavine.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/peavine-hall-university-nevada-reno"><em>Peavine Hall</em></a><em>, at the University of Nevada, Reno, creates&nbsp;</em><em>an environment suitable for study and social interaction. As a LEED Gold building, the project reduced potable water use for landscape by 50 percent and indoor water use by 40 percent. The hall complements its designation as a wellness community and reinforces the university&rsquo;s commitment to the environment.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>As climate change continues to affect rainfall and water supply systems worldwide, it is undeniable that water is a precious resource, and that access to clean water is a fundamental right for all people. Water scarcity and water infrastructure policy have been at the forefront of many discussions at the local and regional level, but moving forward, the focus on water reuse&mdash;regardless of where it comes from&mdash;will be key to securing our future. This area will require more consistent and active management and care of the systems currently in place to reclaim and repurpose water at the building, city, state and national levels, and it represents an opportunity to grow the sector and increase jobs for those who will operate these systems.&nbsp;</p> <h3>4) Building health equals human health.</h3> <p><img height="633" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487013591-13-1323/BaylorMed.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em>The LEED Silver&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/baylor-waxahachie" target="_blank"><em>Baylor Scott and White Medical Center</em></a><em>&nbsp;in Waxahachie, Texas, creates a holistic healing environment by including natural light sources throughout the space. Architectural elements and unique features help reinforce the design concept and improve the health, safety and welfare of patients, staff and visitors.</em></p> <p>Health care facilities are essential to the health of the population and represent centers of innovation. More and more, health care projects are embracing sustainable design and LEED certification as a way to benefit patients and enhance the work of caregivers. These spaces are the epitome of health and wellness, and the quality of their indoor environment has direct social, environmental and cost-reduction benefits that demonstrate to public stakeholders the organization&rsquo;s commitment to first do no harm. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED for Health Care</a>&nbsp;adaptation is customized to address the unique challenges of health care construction, which in turn, helps to broaden market use of LEED.</p> <h3>5) Everyone deserves affordable, efficient and comfortable housing.</h3> <p><img height="686" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487013808-163-3938/Belmar.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" />&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The LEED Platinum&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/cityscape-belmar" target="_blank"><em>Cityscape at Belmar Senior Apartments</em></a><em>, an affordable housing community in Lakewood, Colorado, recognizes its stewardship responsibilities to protect the environment and to enhance the character of the community without taxing the local ecology and its natural resources.</em></p> <p>Across the U.S., states are doubling down on their commitments to &ldquo;green homes for all&rdquo; by working to integrate affordable, efficient housing into their projects and systems. Increasingly, state housing finance agencies are deploying green building rating systems as tools to ensure equitable distribution of the environmental, economic and social benefits of sustainable building practices,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-plays-key-role-greening-affordable-housing">according to a 2016 report</a>&nbsp;on states&rsquo; Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs) by Global Green. The report identifies 25 state housing agencies that reference green building certification programs, including LEED, in their 2016 QAPs to provide direction to developers and instill confidence at the agency level that green measures are being implemented.</p> <p>LEED-certified multifamily and single-family homes are built to be healthier and safer by providing cleaner indoor air. They use less energy and water, leading to monthly savings on utilities, and maintain their value over time. More than 112,000 residential units have earned certification, and both certified single-family homes and multifamily projects are selling faster and for more money than comparable conventional homes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-for-leed-in-2016" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about the Top 10 States for 2016</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589c9a2274083f005d00039e", "58a46a7c086b4000b7000789"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Now it's time to get your ducks in a row.</p> <p>We offer many resources for LEED project teams to get you started on the right foot. Here are the tools and resources that can help you succeed with your project.&nbsp;</p> <h3>General LEED v4 resources</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits" target="_blank">Credit library</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-interpretations" target="_blank">Addenda database</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/pilotcredits" target="_blank">Pilot credit library</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/rpc" target="_blank">Regional priority credit lookup</a></li> <li><a href="https://lo.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">LEED Online</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/explore-leed-v4-educationusgbc" target="_blank">LEED v4 education</a></li> </ul> <h3>Building Design and Construction resources</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-construction" target="_blank">LEED Reference Guide for BD+C</a>&nbsp;</li> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/guide/bdc">View the reference guide introduction and overview</a></li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-building-design-and-construction-current-version">View the LEED v4 BD+C rating system PDF</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-building-design-and-construction-checklist">View the LEED v4 BD+C scorecard</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-building-design-and-construction-bdc" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about BD+C</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588bc4c8b58e71009900084a", "58a5c4a72be02a00a3000518"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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On LEED Online, you can fill out project details; submit payment; access forms, uploads, comments and credit language; and view a real-time snapshot of the progress you've made.</p> <p>See our Help Center <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/help-topic/documenting-a-project" target="_blank">FAQs about project documentation</a> in LEED Online.</p> <p><a href="https://lo.usgbc.org/" target="_blank" class="button">Get started with LEED Online</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588b8b0e256a460049000479", "58a31f340ad502003f00037c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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As the first stop for project teams, they offer:</p> <ul> <li>A "getting started" section to help project teams lay out a plan for certification.&nbsp;</li> <li>Navigation tools to help you find what you need quickly in the guide.</li> <li>Icons and other wayfinders&nbsp;that point out relationships among credits and requirements.</li> </ul> <p>You can access our guides on the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-web-based-reference-guide-4636291" target="_blank">web</a>, in print or as a pdf. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/updated-leed-v4-reference-guides-give-you-tools-you-need-project-success" target="_blank">Learn more about the recent changes</a> to the reference guides.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications" target="_blank" class="button">View the reference guides</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588b8af1256a46007b00040a", "5899e077a58c1e00cb00004e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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We&rsquo;ve also delved into <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bigger-broader-and-beyond-arc-all-rating-systems" target="_blank">streamlining the certification process</a> for the broader suite of <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>-administered rating systems to track performance and optimize green building strategies across virtually every facet of the sustainability industry. We&rsquo;ve started to expand our aspirations beyond LEED Platinum, toward a regenerative built environment.</p> <h3>The success of LEED Platinum</h3> <p>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&mdash;and make up the essential spaces where people live, work, learn and play.</p> <p>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.&nbsp;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?</p> <h3>Using data to go beyond Platinum</h3> <p>Performance defines the concept of &ldquo;beyond Platinum.&rdquo; <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-2020-vision-will-use-leed-further-global-connectedness" target="_blank">Data is the core of performance</a>, and it is the core of LEED. We&rsquo;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&mdash;all of which is distilled in the simple but elegant LEED Performance Score.&nbsp;</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Are you ready to go beyond Platinum?&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://arcskoru.com" target="_blank" class="button">Get started with Arc</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58865314d5c9c600170003b2", "58989eff3762530067000328"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Historically, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> energy use strategies focused on efficiency: reducing the amount of energy used to perform a certain task or provide a certain service. As LEED has matured, we&rsquo;ve given more thought to other ways building owners and facility managers can improve the sustainability of their energy use.</p> <p>In <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a>, we introduced a new credit for demand response (DR) to encourage building owners and facility managers to take into account not only&nbsp;<em>how much</em>&nbsp;electricity a building used, but also&nbsp;<em>when</em>, and to reward LEED project teams that willingly reduce electricity use during periods of high demand.</p> <p>In 2010, USGBC rolled out <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/demandresponse" target="_blank">Energy and Atmosphere Pilot Credit 8 Demand Response (EApc8)</a> to test the credit requirements and gauge market interest in demand response as a strategy. In 2013, USGBC took a closer look at registrations and certification trends for the pilot credit. A few highlights are included below.</p> <p>When it closed in 2015, 270 projects had registered for the pilot credit. These projects represent 11 countries around the world.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>United States</td> <td>127</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Canada</td> <td>124</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Greece</td> <td>7</td> </tr> <tr> <td>China</td> <td>3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Finland</td> <td>3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Denmark</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Hungary</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ireland</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Israel</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Japan</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Mexico</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Total</strong></td> <td><strong>270</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><em>Table 1.&nbsp;DR pilot credit registrations by country</em></p> <p><br />Within the United States, the highest number of registrations were seen in California and New York.</p> <p><strong><img height="404" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1486139766-163-4736/Figure1.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="806" /></strong></p> <p><em>Figure 1.&nbsp;DR pilot credit registrations by state</em></p> <p><br />The pilot credit was written primarily for commercial buildings. Pilot credit registrations were mostly office and mixed-use buildings, but also included many other project types.</p> <p><strong><img height="932" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1486139795-63-1441/Figure%202.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="806" /></strong></p> <p><em>Figure 2.&nbsp;DR pilot credit registrations by rating system and project type</em></p> <p>Of the projects that submitted the pilot credit for review, there was 96.5 percent achievement rate. Feedback from project teams indicated that the pilot credit was an easy, low-cost strategy for projects with the necessary infrastructure already in place.</p> <p>EApc8 was formally adopted as Energy and Atmosphere Credit Demand Response in LEED v4. In May 2015, the pilot was closed and moved to the LEED Innovation Catalog.</p> <h3>About this series</h3> <p>This article is the first in a four-part series about demand response and the Demand Response Partnership Program:</p> <ol> <li>Piloting demand response in LEED</li> <li>Understanding the participant experience and perceptions</li> <li>Quantifying the impacts of demand response</li> <li>Implementing demand response: case studies&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/demand-response-pilot-credit" target="_blank" class="button">Read the full Demand Response Pilot Credit report</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5894b111fc848d005d00042a", "5894bdb3fc848d00990006c8"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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LEED Interpretation 10457 provides an alternative to meet the annual sunlight exposure requirements for Option 1 for projects with an ASE1000, 250h threshold value exceeding 10 percent.&nbsp;</p> <p>Existing LEED Interpretation 10102 was updated to include guidance on incomplete spaces for projects using LEED 2009 rating systems other than LEED for Core and Shell.</p> <p>Existing LEED Interpretation 5500 was retired. The availability of innovation point applications using credits from other LEED rating systems are now posted in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/new-construction/v2009/innovation-catalog" target="_blank">USGBC Innovation Catalog</a>.</p> <h3>Corrections</h3> <p>The LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction, LEED v4 for Interior Design and Construction, and LEED v4 for Building Operations and Maintenance reference guides were updated to clarify guidance for group and campus projects.</p> <p>To see all corrections, download the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/grid/leed/addenda?title=Addenda%20Tables:%20LEED" target="_blank">reference guide tables.</a></p> <h3>Pilot Credit Updates</h3> <ul> <li>IP credit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10241565?view=language">Integrative Process for Health Promotion</a>&nbsp;is now open to LEED 2009 and LEED v4 projects, updated with more guidance and information on assistance for project teams. Development of this credit has been funded in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As such, project teams who are interested in pursuing the IPHP Pilot (or the process outlined by the credit with or without formal registration) can receive consultation and assistance navigating the process and all components by <a href="mailto:greenhealthpartnership@gmail.com" target="_blank">contacting the Green Health Partnership</a>&nbsp;free of charge. Highly engaged project teams and/or exemplary projects may have the opportunity to be featured in case studies, conferences or other venues.</li> <li>SSpc113:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10448310" target="_blank">Informing Design Using Triple Bottom Line Analysis</a>, published 9/19/2016</li> <li>EQpc114:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10598761" target="_blank">Learning Controls for Thermal Comfort</a>, published 12/9/2016</li> </ul> <h3>Form and calculator updates</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/materials-and-resources-calculator-v2009" target="_blank">MR Calculator LEED v2009</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-homes-and-multifamily-workbook-sample" target="_blank">Homes &amp; Multifamily LEED v4 Workbook</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58923c5a090d8100c10004a7", "58934e1bb3bcc70049000067"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Curious about what makes <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a> different? It's designed to up the ante with a more flexible, performance-based approach that calls for measurable results throughout a building's life cycle. It also allows for a more streamlined user experience and more <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-link-impact-categories" target="_blank">goal-oriented credits</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>To learn more, watch our video, "Introducing LEED v4":</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UJzdnykumTU" width="948" height="711"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58790e171e4a48bf4e000278", "5890a9a5c434f80053000217"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Arc represents two decades of work on the part of USGBC and <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>, and projects of all types and sizes can now use Arc to earn LEED certification and verify building performance.</p> <p>Those who have followed our journey at USGBC and GBCI know us primarily as the developers and verifiers of LEED, which has gone through a progressive transformation. The early versions of the rating system were strategy-based, aimed at giving users the tools and resources they needed to start making changes in the marketplace. LEED 2009 turned the volume up on analysis, making connections between strategies and performance, and now LEED v4 pushes the boundaries of performance, asking teams to go deeper into ensuring best practices in their supply chains and to consider more fully the whole building life cycle and its impact on surrounding communities.</p> <h3>Complementary rating systems</h3> <p>We&rsquo;re now at the point of our journey where we have the largest opportunity to scale LEED and broaden the market&rsquo;s application of green strategies to create a healthier, more efficient and more connected built environment. For years, GBCI has been expanding to administer several complementary rating systems. With frameworks such as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wellcertified.com" target="_blank">WELL</a>, <a href="http://peer.gbci.org" target="_blank">PEER</a>, <a href="http://www.sustainablesites.org" target="_blank">SITES</a>, <a href="https://www.gresb.com" target="_blank">GRESB</a>, <a href="https://edge.gbci.org" target="_blank">EDGE</a>, <a href="http://parksmart.gbci.org" target="_blank">Parksmart</a>&nbsp;and most recently, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-administer-zero-waste-certification-and-credential" target="_blank">Zero Waste Facility Certification</a> and the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-and-environmental-defense-fund-establish-investor-confidence-project-global-standard-e" target="_blank">Investor Confidence Project</a>,&nbsp;we are going beyond buildings to cover virtually every facet of the sustainability industry.</p> <p>Over the years, we&rsquo;ve seen leaders pursuing LEED certification hit a threshold where their efforts to pursue credits under LEED have also gotten them a third of the way to WELL certification, for example, or halfway to Parksmart certification. It&rsquo;s become clear to us that the market is asking for a simplified means of doing more. The intention behind integrating all these rating systems is to support project teams in showcasing how much they&rsquo;ve already done&mdash;and how much further they are taking sustainable performance.</p> <p>How do all these rating systems fit together?&nbsp;Arc was designed to accommodate more rating systems and serve as an entry point for all buildings that aim for LEED or another GBCI rating system certification&mdash;the point is to simplify the certification process. We know that there is a significant overlap between each system, and we have a huge opportunity to streamline and enhance the user experience of our tools.</p> <p>We first took a careful look at all the credits available, and our instinct was to do a credit-by-credit comparison. But anyone who has done that kind of work will know instantly that&rsquo;s not the best approach, because each system was designed in the language and specific implementation of its field. So, we decided to step back and instead look at what makes LEED special&mdash;the intentions behind the credit that drive true behavioral change. These intentions, what we call key performance indicators, make it easy to identify the overlapping credits between LEED and each of the other rating systems.</p> <h3>A higher-level view</h3> <p>A function will soon be made available so that project teams can see not only the credits they&rsquo;ve achieved toward LEED certification, but also the features from complementary rating systems that have been automatically awarded to their project. This function will be integrated into existing LEED user tools, making it easy to see where the opportunities are for pursuing multiple certifications.</p> <p>At the end of the day, we know that we owe it to our users to make the documentation process easier, especially when they want to do more. Although credit intents focus on the design, key performance indicators help teams zero in on what they&rsquo;ve already done. And in pursuing multiple certifications using Arc, projects provide more benefits to the community and have greater triple bottom line impacts without doubling the effort.</p> <p>Our goal at USGBC is to engage and support those who are making real, on-the-ground changes to the way we operate in the built environment. Within my team, especially, our bench of experts are here to help clarify and simplify the process. Give us your feedback, ask us your questions and get to know our experts, who can help you get the work done.</p> <p>Only by going beyond buildings can we create new opportunities for innovation, build capacity and create value in the marketplace. Through the seamless integration of rating systems, we are expanding and transforming our vision to embrace the next generation of green building. The opportunity and the platform needed to truly make a difference is here.</p> <p><a href="http://arcskoru.com" target="_blank" class="button">Get started with Arc</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5886529ad5c9c6008f00046c", "588f89761928f3003f0004eb"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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In this article series, we have reviewed green infrastructure&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-infrastructure-back-basics" target="_blank">many benefits</a>, its presence in&nbsp;<a href="http://education.usgbc.org/articles/green-infrastructure-city-climate-action-planning" target="_blank">climate action planning</a>, ways&nbsp;to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-infrastructure-best-practices-cities" target="_blank">optimize its impact</a>&nbsp;and strategies for how best to avoid&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-infrastructure-fostering-equity" target="_blank">social equity pitfalls</a>.</p> <p>USGBC and <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a> are well positioned to help cities incorporate these strategies into tangible green infrastructure development with market-leading tools like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sustainablesites.org/" target="_blank">SITES</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/LEED" target="_blank">LEED</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://parksmart.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Parksmart</a>. These systems provide frameworks that validate best practices and that can be used as useful guides for green infrastructure development. Individually and collectively, these rating systems ensure that best practices are being strategically implemented through an array of initiatives.</p> <p>These three rating systems can be used independently or in tandem to maximize a project&rsquo;s green infrastructure development. For example, if you are seeking to further define, improve or demonstrate the site sustainability aspects of a project, you can benefit from pursuing both LEED and SITES certification by taking advantage of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/work-gbci-staff-synergies-between-leed-and-sites" target="_blank">synergies and equivalent credits</a> between LEED and SITES.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Driving green infrastructure through LEED</h3> <p>Green infrastructure is most prominently rewarded in LEED&rsquo;s Sustainable Sites and Location and Transportation credit categories. The Sustainable Sites category presents opportunities to incorporate naturally functioning landscapes that increase ecosystem services. Location and Transportation credits reward projects that protect sensitive land and that encourage high-density infill development that reduces impervious surfaces.</p> <p>In addition, LEED drives project teams to improve energy efficiency by investing in green infrastructure that provides shading and wind protection. For example, green roofs&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenroofs.org/index.php/about/greenroofbenefits" target="_blank">add insulation and extend the lifetime of roof materials</a>, reducing both energy demand and life cycle material costs. Reduced building footprints preserve land for high-performing sites that can use permeable surfaces, catchment systems and water-efficient landscaping to reproduce natural conditions and achieve Water Efficiency credits.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/guide/nd" target="_blank">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a>&nbsp;advocates incorporating green infrastructure into buildings, landscapes and the many connecting spaces between. This rating system includes a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/neighborhood-development-plan/v4/green-infrastructure-%26-buildings" target="_blank">Green Infrastructure and Buildings</a>&nbsp;category, which accentuates the importance of green infrastructure at different scales throughout cities.</p> <p>LEED for Neighborhood Development recognizes green infrastructure as a tool for creating complete and livable communities, which limit resource use and automobile dependence. Green infrastructure can support the intended outcomes for a range of credits related to habitat and sensitive land conservation, community space access, brownfield redevelopment, livable streetscapes and local food production.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1485375745-203-1829/usgbc_63049794_Large.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="528" /></p> <p><em><small>Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, used green infrastructure as one of its strategies to achieve SITES and LEED certifications.</small></em></p> <h3>SITES as verified green infrastructure</h3> <p>SITES provides guidelines and verification for innovative practices in tailoring green infrastructure to achieve conservation, restoration and public health goals. As of October 2016, certain LEED and SITES credits can be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/take-advantage-equivalent-credits-between-sites-and-leed" target="_blank">applied reciprocally</a>.</p> <p>SITES has a strong conservation focus and establishes guidelines for protecting sensitive land and habitats. It offers incentives for projects that restore landscapes to replicate natural site conditions, such as through reestablishing natural hydrology, soil makeup and vegetation.</p> <p>Green infrastructure can also help contribute to credits that measure human health and well-being. Green roofs, green walls and bioswales turn underutilized areas into spaces that support recreation and relaxation, civic engagement and urban food production.</p> <h3>Optimizing infrastructure through Parksmart</h3> <p>Parksmart addresses an often overlooked facet of the built environment: parking infrastructure. Parking structures often include large, dark, impervious surfaces, which make them a significant source of polluted runoff and a local heat island.</p> <p>Parksmart recognizes projects that use green infrastructure, including green roofs, green walls and permeable pavers, to mediate these ecological challenges and to transform parking structures into community assets. Additionally, by encouraging carpooling, car sharing, bicycling, and alternative fuel vehicles, Parksmart helps expand more sustainable transportation choices.</p> <h3>Advancing green infrastructure</h3> <p>To ensure these leading practices, strategies and tools are being used in planning and development, cities can require development projects to follow an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-integrated-process" target="_blank">integrated process</a>. This highly collaborative practice, which is integral to SITES, LEED and Parksmart, enables project teams to identify opportunities for using green infrastructure to meet project goals throughout the design process.</p> <p>Considering green infrastructure early and often allows project teams to optimize its use for maximum benefit &ndash; such as retaining and infiltrating water and keeping cities cool.&nbsp;Green infrastructure initiatives help us build a brighter&mdash;and greener&mdash;future.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588653b9d5c9c600b7000418", "588a248875414f00710000f0"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Together, these states certified 309.12 million gross square feet of space and are at the forefront of the evolving green building movement.</p> <p>This per capita list is based on 2010 Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified last year.</p> <p>Go ahead, share the news! Congratulate your state, city and community leaders and let your colleagues and neighbors know how your state did by tagging your <a href="https://twitter.com/USGBC" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/USGBC/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/usgbc/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> posts with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23top10leed" target="_blank">#Top10LEED</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="6447" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/588a124dc111cd004900046d/Top_10_States_2016_infographic_FINAL-web.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "587919ac1e4a4867320003e3", "5888cc9d86687e006700034d"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Illinois and Colorado are the only two states to have made the list every year since 2010, and New York has returned to the rankings after a one-year hiatus.</p> <p>A continued presence on the list from Maryland and Virginia has reaffirmed the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Washington, D.C., as the center of green building. While Washington, D.C., is not included in the list of top states, due to its status as a federal territory, it is notable for its 29.04 square feet of LEED space per resident, more than any individual state.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s list has the highest average (2.55 square feet) per capita of LEED-certified space among the top 10 states since 2010. Four of the nine states included in the 2015 list increased the square feet of space they certified per resident in 2016 (Massachusetts, Colorado, California and Virginia).</p> <p>The full ranking is as follows:&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2016 Top 10 States for LEED</strong></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Rank</strong></td> <td><strong>State</strong></td> <td><strong>Certified Gross Square Footage (GSF)</strong></td> <td><strong>Per-capita Certified GSF</strong></td> <td><strong>Total No. Projects</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1</td> <td>MA*</td> <td>24,398,765</td> <td>3.73</td> <td>136</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2</td> <td>CO*</td> <td>15,921,457</td> <td>3.17</td> <td>92</td> </tr> <tr> <td>3</td> <td>IL*</td> <td>36,188,485</td> <td>2.82</td> <td>151</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4</td> <td>NY</td> <td>48,405,204</td> <td>2.5</td> <td>211</td> </tr> <tr> <td>5</td> <td>CA*</td> <td>88,891,641</td> <td>2.39</td> <td>632</td> </tr> <tr> <td>6</td> <td>NV*</td> <td>6,397,602</td> <td>2.37</td> <td>22</td> </tr> <tr> <td>7</td> <td>MD*</td> <td>13,426,623</td> <td>2.33</td> <td>104</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8</td> <td>VA*</td> <td>18,444,309</td> <td>2.31</td> <td>155</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9</td> <td>WA*</td> <td>15,103,478</td> <td>2.25</td> <td>105</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10</td> <td>TX*</td> <td>41,942,393</td> <td>1.67</td> <td>211</td> </tr> <tr> <td>**</td> <td>DC</td> <td>17,476,447</td> <td>29.04</td> <td>120</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><em>*Included in 2015 Top 10 States for LEED list</em></p> <p><em>**Washington, D.C., is not ranked because it is a federal district, not a state.</em></p> <p>Notable projects certified in 2016&rsquo;s Top 10 States for LEED include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Massachusetts:</strong> Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the location of Greenbuild 2017; LEED Silver</li> <li><strong>Colorado: </strong>Riverside Library and Cultural Center; LEED Gold</li> <li><strong>Illinois:</strong> Chiaravalle Montessori School, North Wing; LEED Platinum</li> <li><strong>New York: </strong>World Trade Center Tower One; LEED Gold</li> <li><strong>California: </strong>Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center; LEED Platinum</li> <li><strong>Nevada: </strong>Las Vegas Corporate Center Building 20 LVCC; LEED Gold</li> <li><strong>Maryland: </strong>Parks and People at Auchentoroly Terrace; LEED Platinum</li> <li><strong>Virginia: </strong>Woodrow Wilson Library; LEED Gold</li> <li><strong>Washington: </strong>Bainbridge Island Museum of Art; LEED Gold</li> <li><strong>Texas: </strong>Baylor Medical Waxahachie; LEED Silver</li> </ul> <p>Collectively, 1,819 commercial and institutional projects achieved LEED certification in the 10 states within the Top 10 LEED list in 2016, representing 309.12 million gross square feet of real estate. And across the U.S., 3,366 projects were LEED-certified in 2016, representing 470.39 million square feet.</p> <p>In 2016, LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance was once again the most popular rating system within the Top 10 States, representing 53 percent of the total square footage certified; LEED for Building Design and Construction was the second most popular rating system, representing 42 percent of the square footage certified; and LEED for Interior Design and Construction was the third most popular rating system, representing 5 percent of total square footage certified.</p> <p>The LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 59,000 commercial, neighborhood and residential projects are currently LEED-certified, comprising more than six billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 164 countries and territories globally.&nbsp;</p> <p>Green construction is also a large economic driver. According to USGBC&rsquo;s 2015 <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs&mdash;more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector&mdash;and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings by 2018. The industry&rsquo;s direct contribution to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is also expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015&ndash;2018.</p> <p>View our SlideShare presentation of the Top 10 States:</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/71381711?rel=0" width="425" height="355" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "587e700aa57221a70400042a", "5888bde93c1d9c000d000020"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Projects enter&nbsp;data into the platform and receive a performance score, which translates 12 months of measured data across five categories&mdash;energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience&mdash;into a score of 1 to 100.</p> <h3>Transparency through data</h3> <p>Project managers can use this score to understand how they compare to other projects or to pursue LEED certification. Those who manage any type of building or tenant space, from data centers and factories to hotels and schools, can measure and track incremental progress toward more efficient, healthier and comfortable spaces through a data-centric approach. Any size of community&mdash;from business improvement districts and neighborhoods to cities and even regions&mdash;can measure and track its progress in a similar fashion.</p> <p>Technology has enabled companies of all sizes, all over the world, to operate and report in a highly integrated way, spurring greater demand from consumers and the public for companies to disclose their performance information in areas such as water and energy consumption. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a> represents a shift in this vein of heightened transparency and integrated thinking, asking project teams to go deeper into ensuring best practices throughout the life cycle of their building and within their supply chain. Companies can use Arc, with its focus on outcomes and its data-visualization capabilities, as a powerful reporting tool to demonstrate delivery on ESG commitments across a portfolio of assets.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Flexibility and growth through data</h3> <p>LEED certification has always recognized market leadership and will continue to do so. To deliver transformational change, however, we have to connect more people and projects to the LEED program. Performance scoring in Arc accomplishes this goal. Traditionally, only those who intended to certify their buildings were motivated to seek out LEED strategies, register their project with <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>, look through a reference guide or connect to the community of rating system users. When USGBC launched the performance score in 2013, our goal was to simplify the process of maintaining a project&rsquo;s LEED certification. Today, we are applying the scoring to support more teams in more ways.</p> <p>Strategies in LEED and other rating systems that improve efficiency, reduce operating costs and promote healthy and comfortable spaces can benefit everyone. Now building owners, operators and community stakeholders don&rsquo;t have to know exactly what they want to achieve up front. By looking at current performance, teams can identify local needs and resources, pinpoint which strategies will be the most important and applicable to their space type or community, and then determine the most appropriate time to implement. The intent is simple: start where you are and progress as you can, with LEED guiding the way.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Arc + Existing Buildings</h3> <p>Arc also enables the delivery of USGBC&rsquo;s newest offering: the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/buildingperformance">performance pathway</a>&nbsp;to LEED v4 O+M certification for existing buildings, with optional&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-precertification-options-launched-leed-v4-bdc-and-om-projects">precertification</a>. This option uses the performance score in Arc as an alternative way to demonstrate compliance with many LEED credit requirements in the LEED v4 O+M rating system. The performance score, along with meeting the requirements of prerequisites, determines a building&rsquo;s LEED certification level.&nbsp;Teams have the option to pursue additional credits in LEED v4 O+M that may boost their certification level.</p> <p>Arc also offers an opportunity for any project that has received recognition under another green building framework to compare itself to LEED projects. Projects that have been certified under systems such as Green Star, BREEAM, DGNB, 3 Star, Green Mark, GRIHA, IGBC, Energy Star and others can register and enter data to earn a performance score. These projects then have a streamlined pathway to certify to LEED v4 O+M standards, if they so choose. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>This approach rewards projects for innovating and trying new strategies&mdash;their score will reflect the outcomes and high performance standards that every LEED-certified building must achieve.</p> <p>Building owners and managers who commit to incremental, ongoing improvements in operations will shape a more livable, resource-efficient, and fiscally responsible built environment for generations. Arc offers a way to make their jobs easier and more impactful.</p> <p><a href="http://arcskoru.com" target="_blank" class="button">Get started with Arc</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5886348089ebd80035000119", "5887ba48fbcac800a300001a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Led by the Technical Solutions team, we are available to assist you with every aspect of LEED implementation.</p> <p>All LEED v4 projects can access a LEED coach to help guide teams through the certification process and connect them to valuable resources and tools.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/contactus">Contact the LEED support team</a>&nbsp;for more information.</p> <p>In addition, when you <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/tools/leed/tools/">access the LEED toolkit</a>, you can find many resources&nbsp;for project teams. For example:</p> <ul> <li>LEED Online</li> <li>LEED reference guides</li> <li>The LEED credit library</li> <li>Sample forms</li> <li>The addenda database</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/contactus" target="_blank" class="button">Contact the LEED support team</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "586c195be97132e02c00037d", "588773406fee31004900036e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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For many, it&rsquo;s the first step before pursuing advanced credentials, such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#ap" target="_blank">LEED AP with specialty</a>.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the skinny on the test: it involves&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-associate-exam-basics" target="_blank">100 multiple-choice questions</a> that you have two hours to answer&nbsp;on a computer. There are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/age-limit-eliminated-leed-green-associate-exam" target="_blank">no eligibility requirements</a>&nbsp;to sit for the exam. The test costs $200 for USGBC members,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/discounted-leed-green-associate-exam-pricing-students" target="_blank">$100 for students</a>&nbsp;and $250 for all others.</p> <p>Below, we&rsquo;ve rounded up the top five FAQs in our&nbsp;<a href="http://usgbc.org/help" target="_blank">Help Center</a>&nbsp;about the exam. Seeking additional resources? Download the&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/green-associate.html" target="_blank">LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook</a>, which includes study references and sample questions, and check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-study-roadmap-prepare-leed-green-associate-exam-two-weeks" target="_blank">new, two-week study plan</a>. &nbsp;</p> <h3>1.&nbsp;How do I register for and schedule the test?</h3> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials" target="_blank">USGBC Credentials page</a>&nbsp;has information on how to register for the exam. Once registered, you&rsquo;ll be able to schedule your test session at a nearby Prometric testing center.</p> <p>Exam sessions are available year-round. To locate your nearest testing center and view availability, please visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/gbci/Pages/landing.aspx" target="_blank">prometric.com/gbci</a>&nbsp;and select &ldquo;Locate.&rdquo;</p> <h3>2.&nbsp;What is the minimum score I need to receive to pass?</h3> <p>A candidate must earn a scaled score of 170. The scaled score for all <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a> exams ranges from 125 to 200.</p> <p>The scaled score is calculated by taking the candidate&rsquo;s raw score (total number of questions) and mapping it onto a standardized scale between 125 and 200, with the minimum competency threshold always mapped to a scaled score of 170.</p> <p>Scaled scoring is used as a best practice to manage and report the potential differences in difficulty across different exam forms.</p> <h3>3. How soon will I receive the results from my exam?</h3> <p>Candidates will receive the results at the test center immediately following the test.</p> <h3>4. Can I retake the exam if I fail?</h3> <p>If your attempt was unsuccessful, you may register again in the same way as initial registration. After three unsuccessful attempts, however, you must wait 90 days before submitting a new registration to GBCI.</p> <h3>5.&nbsp;Can I see the questions I missed on the test?</h3> <p>GBCI does not release exam content or answers or allow candidates to review proprietary content.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/help-topic/leed-green-associate" target="_blank" class="button">Explore more LEED Green Associate FAQs</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "586d531dc320d3822f00041c", "587f8377c7a96368400003f8"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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One of the ways USGBC has done that is to develop a new set of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4#impact-categories" target="_blank">impact categories</a>&nbsp;that align more thoroughly with the vision of LEED.</p> <p>The LEED impact categories outline the market transformation that the technical requirements then work to achieve and help determine where points should be assigned.&nbsp;The categories focus on the social, environmental and economic goals of LEED and that measure each strategy according to its ability to meet those goals. Rather than focusing on environmental problems and how they can be reduced, as LEED 2009 did, the LEED v4 system asks, &ldquo;What should a LEED project accomplish?&rdquo;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1484327144-93-4223/Screen%20Shot%202017-01-13%20at%2012.04.46%20PM.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="600" height="342" /></p> <p>For more background, take a look at our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED%20v4%20Impact%20Category%20and%20Point%20Allocation%20Process_Overview_0.pdf" target="_blank">process overview</a> for impact categories. It explains the evolution of LEED credits and what's involved in point allocations. In addition, you can take a look at Appendix A for a description of the goals behind each impact category.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED%20v4%20Impact%20Category%20and%20Point%20Allocation%20Process_Overview_0.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about impact categories</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "585abf7461c253dbfb0005af", "587e322a378cb8df63000015"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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And every day, about 170,000 GSM of space achieves LEED certification in more than 162 countries and territories across the globe.</p> <p>USGBC&rsquo;s annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-countries-leed-2016" target="_blank">Top 10 Countries for LEED</a>&nbsp;ranking showcases the leading countries and regions that are spearheading market transformation in the world&rsquo;s built environment. The list ranks countries in terms of cumulative LEED-certified space as of December 2016, and does not include the United States. The U.S. is by far the most extensive user of LEED, with 336.84 million GSM of certified space.</p> <p>Count down the list of countries that made their mark in 2016:</p> <h3>10. United Arab Emirates</h3> <p>The United Arab Emirates kicks off the list at number 10, with 3.64 million GSM of certified space&mdash;making up 180 total LEED-certified projects. The capital, Abu Dhabi, is poised to continue the country&rsquo;s green building boom, with 102 projects (both certified and registered, excluding LEED Homes and Neighborhood Development projects), while the iconic city of Dubai counts 654 LEED projects, either complete or under way, within its bounds. Notable projects that were certified in 2016 include the LEED Platinum&nbsp;Zulekha Hospital&nbsp;in Sharjah, the&nbsp;University of Dubai&nbsp;and the&nbsp;Dubai Police Forensics Lab.</p> <h3>9. Sweden</h3> <p>Sweden moved up this year, with 3.88 million certified GSM, from number 10 in 2015. Of the 210 LEED-certified projects in the country, more than half (66 percent) are certified at the Gold level, followed by Silver (19 percent) and Platinum (10 percent). The country saw a spike in new construction certifications between 2015 and 2016, with 223,544 GSM of space certified last year. Some of Sweden&rsquo;s top projects in 2016 include&nbsp;Hus 60&ndash;Centralsjukhuset Karlstad, a health care building in Karlstad; the LEED Platinum&nbsp;Masterhuset&nbsp;office building in Stockholm; and the LEED Platinum&nbsp;Klipporna&nbsp;project in Malmo.</p> <h3>8. Turkey</h3> <p>Turkey also improved its overall ranking from 2015, achieving number 8 with 4.78 million GSM of LEED-certified space. If the last two years have been any indication of the growth of green building in the country, the future looks incredibly promising: of the 191 projects LEED-certified to date, 66 percent of those were certified between 2015 and 2016&mdash;totaling approximately 3.21 million GSM. Standout projects from 2016 include&nbsp;Ortakent Mahallesi,&nbsp;Fulya&nbsp;and the&nbsp;Allianz Turkey Headquarters, all three of which achieved LEED Gold.</p> <h3>7. Germany</h3> <p>Germany comes in at number 7 with 215 projects, representing about 5.03 million GSM of LEED-certified space. Of those projects, 127 are LEED Gold, 44 are Platinum and 29 are Silver. 2016 saw a few notable project certifications in Germany, including the LEED Platinum&nbsp;Seimens headquarters&nbsp;in Munich; 50Hertz Netzquartier, an office and administrative building in Berlin; and&nbsp;Boeblingen Elementary and High School&nbsp;in Boeblingen, a town located southwest of Stuttgart.</p> <h3>6. Taiwan</h3> <p>Taiwan saw an improved ranking this year at number 6, up one from number 7 in 2015. To date, Taiwan has built 5.66 million LEED-certified GSM, representing a total of 99 projects&mdash;all packed into an island just 245 miles (394.29 km) long and 90 miles (144.84 km) wide. Two-thirds of those projects are certified at the Gold level. Taiwan&rsquo;s list of green spaces includes the world&rsquo;s third-tallest green building,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/taipei-101-tower-0" target="_blank">Taipei 101</a>, which achieved LEED Platinum certification in 2011 and was&nbsp;recertified LEED Platinum&nbsp;under LEED v4 O+M Existing Buildings in 2016. Other noteworthy certifications in 2016 include the&nbsp;Chimei Museum&nbsp;and the&nbsp;Delta Electronics headquarters in Taipei.</p> <h3>5. Republic of Korea</h3> <p>The Republic of Korea remained steadfast in its ranking, rounding out the top 5. Of the 97 LEED-certified projects (representing 5.95 million GSM of green space), LEED for New Construction surpasses all other rating systems in the country, counting for more than half of all projects to date. Notable certifications in 2016 include the LEED Gold Chanel store in the iconic Shinsegae Centum City Department Store in Busan, which is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest shopping complex in the world. Additionally, the&nbsp;Yonsei University School of Business&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/northgate-building" target="_blank">Northgate Building</a>, both located in Seoul, were certified that year.</p> <h3>4. Brazil</h3> <p>Brazil also held onto its ranking from year to year, staying at number 4 with 7.43 million LEED-certified GSM. The capital, Rio de Janeiro, counts 31 certified projects to date. 2016 saw several notable projects complete certification, including the LEED Platinum&nbsp;Coca-Cola warehouse and distribution center&nbsp;in the district of Caju, Rio de Janeiro; the LEED Gold&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/museu-do-amanha" target="_blank">Museu do Amanha</a>&nbsp;(Museum of Tomorrow), also located in the capital city; and&nbsp;Creche Hassis, a K&ndash;12 school located in Florianopolis.</p> <h3>3. India&nbsp;</h3> <p>India remained the third-largest user of LEED, with 15.90 million GSM representing 644 LEED-certified projects. In the last year alone, nearly 265,500 GSM were certified under New Construction, nearly 201,800 more GSM than in 2015. Of the LEED-certified projects in India, 89 percent (580 projects) are certified at the Gold or Platinum level. <span>Notable projects include&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/itc-sankhya-data-center" target="_blank">ITC Sankhya Data Center</a>&nbsp;in Bangalore, Karnataka, which became India&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-earth-project-pioneers-india%E2%80%99s-first-leed-v4-platinum-building" target="_blank">first LEED Platinum building certified under LEED v4</a>&nbsp;in April 2016, and the LEED Gold&nbsp;IFFCO B.S. Nakai Bhawan&nbsp;in Chandigarh, Chandigarh.</span></p> <h3>2. Canada</h3> <p>By a wide margin, Canada boasts the highest number of LEED-certified projects on this list (2,496), but was edged out by China with a margin of just 1.16 percent more LEED-certified GSM. Canada has seen sustained growth in green building, averaging about 6.12 million GSM over the last three years. Among the notable projects is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/270-albert-street" target="_blank">270 Albert Street</a>, which became&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/canada-gets-its-first-leed-v4-certification-existing-building?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTm1Oa05HRXlNR015TURrdyIsInQiOiJMQk5UQ05OeURJclNnRk9VQWNOS3l5YjJXTG01VFwvenVoV092bklMOFJ2SEU5bTFvS1JSZk5URGlJTzR3dkdkMlBRZ25ZXC9kamJCRDZEVU9jOTFrM1Y0QWplWEduWlhjcTFuQTU3WHNkYmdnPSJ9" target="_blank">Canada&rsquo;s first LEED v4 certified existing building</a>. Additionally, the LEED Platinum&nbsp;200 King Street West&nbsp;(the Sun Life Centre) in Toronto and the LEED Platinum&nbsp;Telus Garden Office Tower&nbsp;in Vancouver were also certified last year. &nbsp;</p> <h3>1. China</h3> <p>China moved into the top spot in 2016, with 913 projects totaling about 34.62 million GSM. Of the projects currently certified, 61 percent (608 projects) are LEED Gold, and an additional 8 percent (78 projects) are LEED Platinum. The capital of Beijing boats 140 certified projects within its bounds, 73 percent of which achieved Gold status or higher. Notable achievements include the LEED Gold Porsche Waigaoquiao Training Center, which&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/porsche-foundation-excellence-sustainability" target="_blank">hosted USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam</a>&nbsp;earlier in the year, and the LEED Platinum&nbsp;Beijing Kerry Centre.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/70953169?rel=0" width="948" height="711"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5876ad5e3863a11bdc000454", "5877d8454325a6692f00074a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Take advantage of that fresh January motivation to commit to earning your LEED Green Associate or LEED AP professional credential.</p> <p>Green building is growing in a big way, with our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-usgbc%E2%80%99s-green-building-economic-impact-report" target="_blank">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Report</a> forecasting 1.1 million green construction jobs by 2018, including 386,000 directly related to LEED. With the advent of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a>, being on the cutting edge of green building knowledge is even more important. A LEED credential allows you to showcase your expertise and and helps you stand out in the crowd.</p> <p>Take the leap, and distinguish yourself as a LEED professional in 2017.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/interested-becoming-leed-green-associate-or-leed-ap-what-you-need-know" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about LEED credentials</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "586c19bfe9713286ce0003fa", "5874f62a20e5ff73f1000281"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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From now on you will be able to check in quarterly on <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> certification activity, broken out by achievement level, rating system and location. We will remind you of this feature and the new numbers in the first week of every quarter through a USGBC article.</p> <p>Additionally, be sure to check out the suite of market briefs for your <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/state-market-brief" target="_blank">state</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/country-market-brief" target="_blank">country</a>, as well as our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/homes-market-brief" target="_blank">state-by-state LEED for Homes</a> rating system brief. For project-specific information, head to the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects" target="_blank">LEED project directory</a> for a closer look at LEED projects in your area.</p> <p><div class='tableauPlaceholder' id='viz1483637595499' style='position: relative'><noscript><a href='#'><img alt=' ' src='https:&#47;&#47;public.tableau.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;Qu&#47;QuarterlyReport-2016-Q2&#47;CommercialProjects&#47;1_rss.png' style='border: none' /></a></noscript><object class='tableauViz' style='display:none;'><param name='host_url' value='https%3A%2F%2Fpublic.tableau.com%2F' /> <param name='site_root' value='' /><param name='name' value='QuarterlyReport-2016-Q2&#47;CommercialProjects' /><param name='tabs' value='yes' /><param name='toolbar' value='yes' /><param name='static_image' value='https:&#47;&#47;public.tableau.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;Qu&#47;QuarterlyReport-2016-Q2&#47;CommercialProjects&#47;1.png' /> <param name='animate_transition' value='yes' /><param name='display_static_image' value='yes' /><param name='display_spinner' value='yes' /><param name='display_overlay' value='yes' /><param name='display_count' value='yes' /></object></div> <script type='text/javascript'> var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1483637595499'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='604px';vizElement.style.height='920px'; var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); </script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "584b11ebb2f459f94f00010e", "586e875c08be5d545f000052"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Worldwide, about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-international-ranking-top-10-countries-leed" target="_blank">170,000 gross square meters</a>&nbsp;of space is LEED-certified every day. Among such lists as the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-countries-leed-2016" target="_blank">Top 10 Countries</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-leed-2015" target="_blank">Top 10 States</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-2015-leed-homes-award-winners" target="_blank">LEED Homes Awards</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gsnn-announce-2016-best-green-schools-honorees-0" target="_blank">Best of Green Schools</a>, you can get a snapshot of the great things happening in LEED, but we simply can't share every project.&nbsp;</p> <p>From schools to hotels, from residential to commercial projects, here is just a handful of the creatively designed, high-performing buildings that were LEED-certified in 2016:</p> <ul> <li>The K&ndash;12 <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/pathways-world-school-aravali?view=overview" target="_blank">Pathways World School, Aravali</a>, is the third of the Pathways Schools in India to achieve LEED Platinum. Certified under LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance: Existing Buildings, the school focused on using natural materials for a healthy indoor environment.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/leed-pathways-schools-video" target="_blank">Check out a recent video</a> on the project.</li> </ul> <p><img height="633" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1482269959-63-4827/PWS5.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em><small>The Pathways School.</small></em></p> <ul> <li>The National Park Service, which <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-100th-birthday-national-park-service-sites-and-leed" target="_blank">celebrated its centennial</a> this year, has been hard at work certifying lodges, visitors' centers and educational facilities. Take a look at <a href="http://www.gbig.org/collections/18108" target="_blank">their projects on GBIG</a>. If you're planning that family trip to Yellowstone, review all the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/list?keys=yellowstone+2016" target="_blank">newly minted LEED lodges</a>.<br /></li> <li>Repurposing a 1909 horse stable-turned-warehouse into a LEED Gold office and retail space, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/union-stables" target="_blank">Union Stables</a> used LEED for Building Design and Construction: Core and Shell to achieve an energy-efficient example of adaptive reuse.<br /></li> <li>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/olas-verdes-hotel?view=overview" target="_blank">Olas Verdes hotel</a> in Costa Rica is emblematic of the way <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenwatch-latin-america-how-ecotourism-changing-costa-rica%E2%80%99s-hospitality-sector" target="_blank">green building is advancing</a> in the Latin American hospitality sector. The hotel achieved LEED Platinum under LEED BD+C: New Construction, using recycled glass in countertops and mosaics and in turn recycling its wastewater into onsite vegetation.</li> </ul> <p><img height="672" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1482269993-83-2532/usgbc_74305547_Large_0.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em><small>The Olas Verdes hotel.</small></em></p> <ul> <li>Using LEED for Interior Design and Construction: Commercial Interiors, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/honeywell?view=overview" target="_blank">Honeywell</a> achieved LEED Gold for its <a href="https://www.honeywell.com/newsroom/news/2016/09/honeywells-corporate-headquarters-awarded-prestigious-leed-gold-green-building-certification" target="_blank">corporate headquarters in New Jersey</a>. Leveraging natural light, the company has created a more pleasant work environment for staff as well as lowered energy use. Honeywell also made it a priority to use local materials as much as possible.<br /></li> <li>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/traffic-managementemergency-ops-center-0" target="_blank">Traffic Management/Emergency Ops Center</a> in Shoreline, Washington, is another New Construction building. Its LEED Silver facility includes special sound-rated walls to create a quiet space for emergency personnel. It also has redundant ventilation and rigorous mechanical systems to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.<br /></li> <li>The LEED Platinum <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/rightsized-passive-home" target="_blank">Right-Sized Passive Home</a> created a small, sustainable living space with an efficient and light-filled design. Nontoxic building materials, salvaged wood and an energy monitoring system are just the beginning...the occupants are planning to add photovoltaic panels next year.</li> </ul> <p><img height="632" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1482277330-203-7263/_dsc0995.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em><small>The Right-Sized Passive Home.</small></em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/lake-mills-elementary-school" target="_blank">Lake Mills Elementary School</a> has the honor of being the first LEED Platinum K&ndash;12 school certified under <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a> in the United States. The school includes features such as a green roof, photovoltaic system and bioswales and already boasts a 65 percent reduction in energy consumption, as well as less absenteeism and fewer asthma incidents.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects" target="_blank" class="button">Explore more LEED projects</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5858464d0d20f369770006ea", "585aaa8c16bb057fc6000301"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Global green building is expected to double every three years, according to the <a href="http://analyticsstore.construction.com/smartmarket-reports/2016WorldGreen.html?sourcekey=PRESREL" target="_blank">World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report</a> from Dodge Data &amp; Analytics, which found that emerging economies like China, India and Brazil will be huge centers of green growth, with development projected up to sixfold over current green building levels.</p> <p>The 2016 Top 10 Countries for LEED list mirrors these results. China moved into first place as the largest user of LEED, with 34.62 million gross square meters of certified LEED space. Canada, India, Brazil and the Republic of Korea rounded out the top five countries on the list, respectively. The analysis used to develop the list ranks countries in terms of cumulative commercial LEED-certified gross square meters of space as of December 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget to share the good news! Join the conversation using the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23top10leed" target="_blank">#Top10LEED</a> on Twitter.</p> <p><img height="2564" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1481742286-103-8195/Top%2010%20Countries%202016-01.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5851905313749bb27c00051f", "58519a0d21c2c6137200005a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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These countries represent the ever-growing international demand for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>-certified green buildings. This year, China moved from second to first on the list as the largest user of LEED, with 34.62 million gross square meters (GSM) of certified LEED space. Canada, India, Brazil and the Republic of Korea rounded out the top five countries on the list, respectively.</p> <p>&ldquo;By recognizing these leading countries, we are showcasing the exponential growth of LEED in the global marketplace and an international commitment to the creation of a sustainable built environment,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president and CEO, USGBC. &ldquo;As we pursue a worldwide effort to mitigate climate change, LEED and the green building industry have created a path forward for market transformation while changing the way we think about how buildings, communities and cities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated.&rdquo;</p> <p>Global green building is expected to double every three years, according to a <span>Dodge Data &amp; Analytics</span> <span><a href="http://analyticsstore.construction.com/smartmarket-reports/2016WorldGreen.html?sourcekey=PRESREL" target="_blank">World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report</a>,</span>&nbsp;to which USGBC was a contributing partner. Conducted in 70 countries, the report found that emerging economies like China, India and Brazil will be engines of green growth, with development varying from twofold to sixfold over current green building levels. Increased consumer demand has also pushed the world&rsquo;s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach <a href="http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/green-building-materials.html" target="_blank">$234 billion by 2019</a>.</p> <p>LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system. The analysis used to develop the list ranks countries in terms of cumulative LEED-certified GSM space as of December 2016. LEED-certified spaces use fewer energy and water resources; save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and prioritize environmental and human health.</p> <p>The full ranking is as follows:&nbsp;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Rank</strong></td> <td><strong>Country Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Gross Square Meters*</strong></td> <td><strong>Number of Projects</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1</td> <td>China</td> <td>34.62</td> <td>931</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2</td> <td>Canada</td> <td>34.39</td> <td>2,586</td> </tr> <tr> <td>3</td> <td>India</td> <td>15.90</td> <td>644</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4</td> <td>Brazil</td> <td>7.43</td> <td>380</td> </tr> <tr> <td>5</td> <td>Republic of Korea</td> <td>5.95</td> <td>97</td> </tr> <tr> <td>6</td> <td>Taiwan</td> <td>5.66</td> <td>99</td> </tr> <tr> <td>7</td> <td>Germany</td> <td>5.03</td> <td>215</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8</td> <td>Turkey</td> <td>4.78</td> <td>191</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9</td> <td>Sweden</td> <td>3.88</td> <td>210</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10</td> <td>United Arab Emirates</td> <td>3.64</td> <td>180</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</p> <td>United States**</td> <td>336.84</td> <td>27,699</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>*<em>Gross square meters are reported in millions. Data reported as of December 2016.</em></p> <p><em>**The United States, where LEED originated, is not included in this list, but remains the world&rsquo;s largest market for LEED.</em></p> <p>Currently, there are more than 82,000 commercial projects participating in LEED, totaling more than 1.4 billion GSM of space worldwide. An additional 112,000 residential units have been certified under LEED Homes. An estimated 170,000 GSM of space achieves LEED certification every day in more than 162 countries and territories across the globe.</p> <p>As buildings currently account for an estimated one-third of global emissions, green buildings are one of the most cost-effective solutions to climate change because they generate significant environmental, economic and societal benefits. Last year, USGBC joined 25 other green building councils from around the world to commit to scaling the use of LEED over the next five years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that the building and construction industry plays its part in limiting global warming. USGBC is working toward a net zero carbon designation to recognize leaders in&nbsp;the building sector, and to drive reductions in the carbon footprint across the buildings sector as is necessary for&nbsp;successful implementation of the <a href="http://unfccc.int/paris_agreement/items/9485.php" target="_blank">Paris Agreement</a>. All of the countries on this list, with the exception of Taiwan, have signed the historical Paris Agreement.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "585070bd559a2def11001cf8", "58516a6f01ca055070000472"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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SITES aligns land development and management with innovative sustainable design&mdash;defining what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment. Certification is available for development projects located on sites with or without buildings&mdash;ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, from streetscapes to homes. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re seeking to further define, improve or demonstrate the site sustainability aspects of your project, you can benefit from pursuing both LEED and SITES certification. Many LEED and SITES credits have similar requirements, and some are almost identical.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve released a list of credit substitutions&nbsp;so that similar credits need only be earned in one rating system, not both.</p> <p>Want to learn more? The &ldquo;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/synergies-between-sites-and-leed" target="_blank">Synergies Between SITES and LEED</a>&rdquo; guidance document shares the full list of credit substitutions, more information on applicability and important considerations for each credit.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/synergies-between-sites-and-leed" target="_blank" class="button">Download the list of credits</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5849ba8c82b60c18d30005f1", "5850298cb50e1c2d88000165"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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This allows registered projects to review the work already completed and confirm that projects are on the correct path towards certification. Once a project has successfully completed the precertification review, GBCI will provide formal recognition of the team&rsquo;s efforts.</p> <p>In the past, precertification has been unique to LEED BD+C: Core and Shell projects, but as of December 1, 2016, this option will be available for all LEED BD+C projects registered under LEED v4 and LEED v4 O+M projects pursuing the performance path to certification. Precertification helps owners to:</p> <ul> <li>Ensure that their project is on the right path to achieve certification through formal GBCI feedback</li> <li>Demonstrate their commitment to LEED certification</li> <li>Market the project to attract potential tenants and financiers who recognize the benefits of a LEED certified building</li> </ul> <p>Projects that have gone through a precertification review will maintain their LEED-registered status, but may also state to the market that they're on the path toward certification.</p> <p>A precertification review is conducted in the same manner as a combined design and construction review with the exception that no credits or prerequisites are awarded during a precertification review. Such credits are instead marked as "anticipated."</p> <h3>LEED BD+C Precertification</h3> <p>Once a project is registered, the team may choose to apply for precertification by following these steps:</p> <ol> <li>Choose the precertification review option in their certification timeline</li> <li>Complete the precertification worksheet</li> <li>Attempt and mark the credits being pursued as ready for review on the Credits tab</li> <li>Submit for review</li> </ol> <h3>LEED O+M Precertification</h3> <p>For LEED O+M projects, precertification is available for projects pursuing the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10115607?return=/pilotcredits/Existing-Buildings/v4">performance path to certification</a>. The precertification documentation and review process all happens within the newly released <a href="http://arcskoru.com/" target="_blank">Arc platform</a>. We offer precertification to provide feedback on compliance with prerequisites early on in the process and ensure your project is set up to track and record performance successfully.</p> <p>To get started projects should:</p> <ol> <li>Open or register the project in Arc</li> <li>Complete prerequisites, complete set up for tracking performance and complete the desired base credits</li> <li>Submit for review</li> </ol> <p><strong>Prerequisites</strong></p> <ul> <li>SSp Site Management Policy</li> <li>WEp Indoor Water Use Reduction <em>(Establishment requirements only)</em></li> <li>EAp Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices</li> <li>EAp Minimum Energy Performance <em>(Establishment requirements only)</em></li> <li>EAp Fundamental Refrigerant Management</li> <li>MRp Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy <em>(Establishment requirements only)</em></li> <li>MRp Facility Maintenance and Renovation Policy</li> <li>EQp Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance <em>(Establishment requirements only)</em></li> <li>EQp Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control</li> <li>EQp Green Cleaning Policy <em>(Option 1, In-house Green Cleaning Policy Establishment requirements only, OR Option 2- demonstrate that the cleaning service provider that will be used meets the requirements)</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Set up for tracking</strong></p> <ul> <li>Complete building set up, energy meter set up and water meter set up for the project&rsquo;s performance score. All project data fields under the Manage section in Arc must be completed and all applicable meters must be created under the Energy and Water data input sections.</li> <li>Confirm that the project has permanently installed water meters that measure the total potable water use for the building and associated grounds and that these meters have been set up in the Water data input section. This can be done by uploading a narrative to the Water data input section.</li> <li>Confirm that the project has permanently installed building-level energy meters or submeters that can be aggregated to provide building-level data representing total building energy consumption and that these meters have been set up in the Energy data input section. This can be done by uploading a narrative to the Energy data input section.</li> </ul> <p><strong>And</strong></p> <ul> <li>Describe the strategy for continuously measuring and reporting the required energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience performance data, including a plan of action and responsible parties. This can be done by uploading a narrative to the data input sections for each category.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Base score</strong></p> <ul> <li>Additional LEED credits contributing towards the Base Score may be submitted during the precertification review. For base credits that have performance requirements, only the Establishment requirements need to be submitted for precertification review</li> </ul> <p>The performance requirements for all LEED prerequisites and any attempted base credits, along with all required performance data and associated documentation, must be documented and submitted for the full certification review.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://in.usgbc.org/articles/new-precertification-options-launched-leed-v4-bdc-and-om-projects#comments LEED Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:22:21 +0000 Megan Sparks 10585638 at http://in.usgbc.org New certification now available: LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities http://in.usgbc.org/articles/new-certification-now-available-leed-cities-and-leed-communities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-for-cities-and-leed-for-communities-is-here--get-started-today_0.png?1480612140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One theme that is common across all of humanity is the pursuit of a better life &mdash; the innate desire to improve, create and cultivate. At USGBC, we have a vision that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. In support of this, USGBC released two new pilot certification programs today: LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities.</p> <h3>How does it work?</h3> <p>These offerings, built into the newly released <a href="http://arcskoru.com/" target="_blank">Arc platform</a>, will support continuous progress toward better communities and cities, and a higher quality of life. LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities do this by asking a community or a city to set goals, and implement strategies and plans to maintain and support these goals. The city or community then shares performance data to measure and track progress toward those goals.</p> <p>The Arc platform will help users measure city performance across a number of critical areas including energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience, and help cities work towards a higher quality of life. LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities are designed to be applicable to cities, communities, neighborhoods, districts, townships and counties.</p> <p>These offerings are all about leadership. At USGBC, we say every story about a LEED building is a story about leaders. LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities expand on this, bringing new level of leadership to cities around the world by:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><span><span></span></span>Improving quality of life: LEED for Cities helps you to demonstrate your city&rsquo;s commitment to sustainability, human health and economic prosperity. LEED for Cities not only benchmarks your city&rsquo;s current performance, but it provides you with the measures to educate residents, visitors and business owners that enable continuous improvement and make your locale the place where people want to live.</li> <li>Verifying leadership: Projects will be provided with greenhouse gas emissions figures based on energy consumption, enabling you to track and report progress towards your city&rsquo;s emissions targets and support your country in meeting its climate action goals. In addition, you&rsquo;ll be able to communicate your city&rsquo;s sustainability performance and goals in a consistent format that is used around the world.</li> <li>Improving sustainability performance: Improve your sustainability performance over time by adopting policies that help to reduce energy, water, waste, pollution and CO2 at the city scale, and in turn improve air and water quality. This is achieved through adopting LEED-based strategies and also learning from innovative strategies implemented by a network of projects found across the globe.</li> </ul> <h3>Register your project and pursue certification</h3> <p>LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities certification is facilitated through the Arc platform and is now open for project registration:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Register your city or community in Arc</li> <li>Apply for precertification by submitting project overview and planning information for review</li> <li>Apply for initial certification by submitting performance data and receiving a score for review</li> <li>Submit data for on-going certification</li> </ol> <p>In order to achieve certification, projects must first pursue precertification. Because all cities are different, the roadmap will also look different for every project. For precertification, projects create their own roadmap through clear project definition, goal establishment, identification of stakeholders, creation of a governance structure and setting up for measurement and tracking of key metrics.</p> <p>Once a project&rsquo;s roadmap is reviewed and approved by GBCI, precertification is awarded and the project may move on to pursue full certification. For certification, projects will track and report key metrics across five categories and four subcategories:</p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>Energy</li> <li>Water</li> <li>Waste</li> <li>Transportation</li> <li>Human experience including Education, Prosperity, Equitability, and Health &amp; Safety</li> </ul> <p>Based on the performance across these metrics, the city will receive a performance score in Arc. Projects meeting a minimum score of 40 meet the requirements for certification.</p> <p><a href="http://arcskoru.com/" target="_blank" class="button">Register your LEED for Cities or Communities project in Arc</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/contactus">Contact us</a> to learn more.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://in.usgbc.org/articles/new-certification-now-available-leed-cities-and-leed-communities#comments LEED Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:09:00 +0000 Megan Sparks 10585621 at http://in.usgbc.org The LEED Volume program: Myth vs. fact http://in.usgbc.org/articles/leed-volume-program-myth-vs-fact <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/_The-LEED-Volume-program--Myth-vs.-fact.png?1479912412" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve all heard the age-old myth that more isn&rsquo;t necessarily better. But when it comes to protecting and preserving our environment, you can throw that myth right out the door, because more&nbsp;<em>is</em>&nbsp;better.&nbsp;More <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>-certified buildings,&nbsp;that is.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the main idea behind <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/volume" target="_blank">LEED volume</a> certification, a pathway created to streamline the LEED certification process by focusing on the similarities in building design, operations and delivery. In short, it&rsquo;s a way to help participants certify more buildings more efficiently.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since the pilot launch of this program in 2011, USGBC has seen immense growth and is now host to 45 active participants. These owners and project teams are committed to making a huge impact in markets around the world by achieving LEED certification goals on a large scale and using the program in a way that best suits their individual needs. Today we&rsquo;re tackling a few myths about the program to help clear up misconceptions or unknowns about the program in the green building market.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <h3>Myth #1: Projects have to be the same size, occupant use and regional location to be eligible for volume.</h3> <p>This is just plain false. As long as projects <span>registered for certification</span>&nbsp;through the volume prototype fall under the same rating system, they can be different sizes, various uses and located across the globe. It all depends on the amount of variance captured in the prototype and how project teams control for those differences through their quality control and education efforts.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Myth #2: A volume prototype is basically a building.</h3> <p>Building on myth #1, a prototype is the conceptual framework that represents a group of projects that have either major design and construction elements in common or a standard set of strategies, quality control measures and tools, along with similar management procedures. Volume prototypes house &ldquo;pre-certified&rdquo; pathways and approaches to LEED; each volume project is built off this prototype, but can be customized with individual credits as the participant wishes.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Myth #3: Owner organizations have to manage all the work in-house.</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s true that putting together and pre-certifying a volume prototype is a full team effort, but as the participant, you don&rsquo;t have to do all the work. Many volume participants bring in LEED experts to manage the daily coordination of the program or help them get started before turning the program back over to the owner.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <h3>Myth #4: A volume program can be started and implemented very quickly.</h3> <p>Setting up any robust program takes time. This is especially true with volume certification, which requires various milestones and metrics to be met for a team to be successful. Although teams may not be able to start certifying projects right away, USGBC and <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>&nbsp;work very closely with new participants to help them understand timelines and dependencies based on their LEED experience and commitment to the program.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <h3>Myth #5: Volume is the only certification program for organizations with multiple LEED projects.</h3> <p>USGBC is continuously working with our customers to find a program that best suits their individual needs. We have several offerings that can be applied to multiple LEED projects. Check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/proven-provider-overview-4714332" target="_blank">Proven Provider</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-campus-guidance" target="_blank">LEED Campus</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-announces-new-technology-organization-arc" target="_blank">Arc</a>, or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/contact" target="_blank">contact us</a>&nbsp;if you have a large batch of projects and you&rsquo;re not sure which program to pursue.&nbsp;</p> <p>LEED volume is all about displaying a commitment to making a difference on a large scale. We&rsquo;re so proud of the amazing work LEED Volume participants have accomplished so far. To learn more about the program and a list of current participants, see our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-users-project-certification-options" target="_blank">Green Tools for LEED Users</a>&nbsp;article and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/volume" target="_blank">Guide to LEED Certification: Volume supplement</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57c4873482c44cff1f0001bf", "5835ab66c377db9da5000499"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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We've made these changes to our forms based on feedback from LEED volunteers, project managers and other LEED practitioners.</p> <p>The updates include:</p> <ul> <li>Combined forms for the prerequisite and the credit</li> <li>Spreadsheets and calculators located in the credit library</li> <li>Less new documentation required for projects</li> </ul> <p>The new forms themselves also present more intuitive wayfinding features, such as side margins for notes and clear headers for sections. In addition, they break out point thresholds for credits and display the information that's most relevant to your project. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-forms" target="_blank">Learn more about the updates</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-forms-part-2" target="_blank">view examples</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/all/assets/img/content_mktg/v4_form_3.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-forms-online-leed-2009-and-leed-v4-projects" target="_blank">Learn more about changes to forms</a> from LEED 2009 to LEED v4.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/sampleforms" target="_blank" class="button">View all LEED v4 forms</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "582b3c84f2406d46ed0005fb", "582dd83b48796a1d1b0001f0"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Through LEED, builders are challenged to reduce impacts in energy, water, waste, transportation and more, while investing in innovation and regional priorities.</p> <p>Projects that earn certification with LEED and Passive House US represent the very best of energy- and environment-sensitive American homes, and this alignment unlocks the potential for many more dual-certified projects.</p> <p>Project teams that are considering pursuing PHIUS certification may now use this third-party-verified home performance standard to earn credit toward LEED certification. This alignment offers builders and developers greater opportunity to more cost-effectively apply the best practices and verification strengths of both Passive House and LEED to produce high-performing, green homes for families all across the United States.</p> <p>As part of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-october-2016" target="_blank">October 2016 addenda release</a>, USGBC introduced <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedaddenda/10456" target="_blank">Passive House US alternative compliance path for North America</a>, which&nbsp;allows projects to leverage their&nbsp;PHIUS&nbsp;label to earn points toward LEED v4 certification under&nbsp;LEED v4 BD+C: Homes.</p> <p>By earning the PHIUS certificate, projects can be awarded a minimum of 31.5 points in&nbsp;LEED v4 BD+C: Homes, as well as most prerequisites in the Energy and Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality credit categories. Additional points can be earned by demonstrating achievement of a HERS Index score of 40 or better. Projects must earn at least 40 points in LEED to earn the first of four rungs of certification: Certified (40), Silver (50), Gold (60) and Platinum (80).</p> <h3>Credit-specific details</h3> <p>PHIUS-certified projects <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedaddenda/10456" target="_blank">automatically earn</a> 20 points in EA&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612022?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Annual energy use</a>&nbsp;(20 points).</p> <p>Because PHIUS projects must also earn the DOE ZERH label, they automatically meet the following LEED v4 Homes credits and prerequisites, as specified in Interpretation 10431:</p> <ul> <li>EA&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2611842?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Minimum energy performance</a>&nbsp;(Required)</li> <li>EA&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2611858?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Education of homeowner, tenant or building manager</a>&nbsp;(Required)</li> <li>EA&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2611817?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Efficient hot water distribution system</a>&nbsp;Option 2. Performance test (3 points)</li> <li>EA&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612023?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Active solar-ready design</a>&nbsp;(1 point)</li> <li>EA&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612032?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">HVAC start-up credentialing</a>&nbsp;(1 point)</li> <li>IN&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2613189?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Innovation</a>&nbsp;Option 1. Innovation (1 point)</li> </ul> <p>PHIUS and DOE ZERH projects also meet the requirements of all credits and prerequisites deemed equivalent to the EPA Indoor airPLUS program, which include:</p> <ul> <li>EQ&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612401?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Ventilation</a>&nbsp;(Required)</li> <li>EQ&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612425?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Combustion venting</a>&nbsp;(Required)</li> <li>EQ&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612431?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Garage pollutant protection</a>&nbsp;(Required)</li> <li>EQ&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612438?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Radon-resistant construction</a>&nbsp;(Required)</li> <li>EQ&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612443?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Air filtering</a>&nbsp;(Required)</li> <li>EQ&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612450?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Environmental tobacco smoke</a>&nbsp;(Required for multifamily projects)&nbsp;</li> <li>EQ&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612496?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Contaminant control</a>, Option 3. Preoccupancy Flush (0.5 points)</li> <li>EQ&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612541?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Enhanced combustion venting</a>, Option 2. Enhanced combustion venting measures (1 point)</li> <li>EQ&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612569?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Enhanced garage pollutant protection</a>, Case 1. Single Family, Option 1. Exhaust Fan in Garage (1 point)</li> <li>MR&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612923?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Durability management verification</a>&nbsp;(1 point)</li> <li>SS&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2612289?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Nontoxic pest control</a>&nbsp;For the following two measures: Seal all external cracks&hellip;Design discharge points&hellip;(1 point)</li> <li>IN&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2613189?return=/credits/homes/v4" target="_blank">Innovation</a>&nbsp;Option 1. Innovation (1 point)</li> </ul><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5825e5c78febf74e4e00005c", "582614bb4a134090fd00005e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The video series "<a href="http://onbegleystreet.com/about-on-begley-street/" target="_blank">On Begley Street</a>" takes a droll and informative look at the journey he and his wife,&nbsp;Rachelle Carson-Begley, along with their 12-year-old daughter Hayden, are undertaking in building their ideal sustainable home.&nbsp;</p> <p>With an eye to the balance between comfort and environmental responsibility, the lighthearted episodes share the Begley family's successes and mistakes, as well as tips for others who want to build a green home. Follow along with their quest to "build the greenest home in America."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pjSo_msTzyw" width="948" height="711"></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI24ZixG_cs" target="_blank" class="button">See more episodes of On Begley Street</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "580f579c0e676bf34e0003dc", "5825eb90808dfaf11500014a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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We may not yet reach the level of the notoriously bike-friendly Copenhagen, which has <a href="http://denmark.dk/en/green-living/bicycle-culture/" target="_blank">390 kilometers of designated bike lanes</a>, but U.S. cities are also making a big push to add lanes for cyclists. This in turn creates a need for bicycle parking facilities, as more and more commuters are taking their bicycles to central work locations.</p> <h3>More cyclists, more lanes</h3> <p>In 2012, Capital BikeShare launched in Washington, D.C., and its surrounding counties, to provide a bike-sharing system for residents and tourists alike. Four years later, there are <a href="https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/Press-Kit" target="_blank">235 bike stations</a> in the District alone, with a total of over 3,700 bicycles available. Cyclists with longer commutes can also load their bikes onto <a href="http://wmata.com/getting_around/bike_ride/" target="_blank">Metro trains and buses</a>. The increase in cyclists on the street is changing commuting in the region.</p> <p>The rise of protected bike lanes in cities has also had a major effect. People for Bikes <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/how-high-can-they-go-dc-bike-counts-show-continuing-surge-in-protected-lane" target="_blank">reported in 2013</a> that the number of cyclists in dedicated bike lanes along Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown D.C. had grown seven times faster than the citywide average.</p> <p>Among other U.S. cities, San Francisco is making protected lanes a priority, as they plan to <a href="https://www.sfmta.com/about-sfmta/blog/new-generation-bikeways-coming-san-francisco" target="_blank">double their current total</a> of 13 with 26 miles of protected lanes by the end of 2017. Going beyond road striping, Chicago has begun installing <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-curb-protected-bike-lanes-met-20160304-story.html" target="_blank">curb-protected bike lanes</a> to make commuting even safer for riders.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Bike parking gets modern</h3> <p>The image of the lonely bike rack in front of an occasional municipal building or school is giving way to a more modern conception of bike storage being available along every city street and in every parking garage.&nbsp;</p> <p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/47000/47100/47120/VT-2009-05.pdf" target="_blank">2009 transportation study</a>&nbsp;suggested that a combination of bike racks and showers at an office building resulted in a much greater willingness of staff to cycle to work than having bike racks alone. As employers realize that bike facilities make sense, from the point of view of both sustainability and employee wellness, they increasingly want to provide the option to their workforce.</p> <p><img height="632" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1478555032-13-3872/usgbc_69657368_Medium.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em><small>Bike parking at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Photo by NGS Staff.</small></em></p> <p>One example of the companies that have popped up to fill this infrastructure niche&nbsp;is Minneapolis-based Dero. It offers cities and builders all kinds of <a href="http://www.dero.com/product-category/commercial-bike-racks/" target="_blank">bike racks, shelters and lockers</a>, and its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dero.com/bike-parking-guide.pdf" target="_blank">bike parking guide</a> shares suggestions on space use orientation and mounting and installation options.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since cyclists need to know ahead of time where they'll be able to park their bikes, they can take advantage of mobile apps and real-time online maps of available locations. In the D.C. region, BikeArlington created&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bikearlington.com/pages/biking-in-arlington/bike-parking/rackspotter-crowdsourced-bike-parking-map/" target="_blank">RackSpotter</a>, an interactive map of facilities in the area.</p> <h3>USGBC and cycling</h3> <p>At USGBC, we have designated bike racks in the parking garage, and many staff members ride to work on a daily basis. Here's what they had to say:</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/josh-lasky/0010869377" target="_blank">Josh Lasky</a>, Program Manager, Green Apple and Community Green:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">I&rsquo;ve lived in D.C. without a car for more than a decade, and biking has become a convenient, low-cost and low-impact means of getting around the city. I bike to work because it&rsquo;s a great way to get outside and exercise early in the day. I&rsquo;m also able to go at my own pace, avoiding the delays of transit and the traffic of driving. I get to the office with a few miles behind me and a clear mind, ready to focus on the challenges of the day.</p> <p><img height="938" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1478636842-193-1460/JL%20bikeshare.jpeg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/kathleen-horan/0011030744" target="_blank">Kathleen Horan</a>, Marketing Project Coordinator:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">Thanks to an old-coworker who convinced me that the D.C. bike lanes weren&rsquo;t as scary as I imagined, I bought a bike in 2013 and haven&rsquo;t looked back. Biking is my favorite way to get around the city&mdash;it is usually the fastest option, gets the blood moving in the morning, helps minimize my carbon footprint and has allowed me to explore different areas of the city I otherwise wouldn&rsquo;t have gotten to by foot or metro. I'm happy to see that the city is making it easier for more people to get around by bike!</p> <p><img height="711" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1478636890-153-3725/Bike%20in%20front%20of%20WH%20pic.jpeg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" />&nbsp;</p> <p>Through <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a>, USGBC offers <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2614413?return=/credits" target="_blank">bicycle facilities credits</a> under Building Design and Construction: New Construction. And even <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-silver-nationals-park-model-green-sports" target="_blank">sports stadiums</a> are making bike parking a priority.</p> <p>Bicycle use will likely keep increasing, as populations center more and more in urban areas and cities work to minimize their carbon emissions.&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.bikeleague.org/commutingdata" target="_blank">League of American Bicyclists</a> shows the growth of bike commuting from 2000 to 2013:</p> <p><img height="733" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1478628681-133-7165/Bike_Commuting_Growth_2015_final.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-bike-work-day" target="_blank" class="button">See how USGBC staff do Bike to Work Day</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "580a74c38dc2bed10c00030d", "58235ae273810981a80004b6"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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And as a busy professional, having a web-based version can help you answer your questions when you need to answer them&mdash;at home, at work or on the go.</p> <p>The LEED v4 <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-web-based-reference-guide-4636291" target="_blank">web-</a><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/web-based-reference-guide-all-rating-systems" target="_blank">based reference guide</a>&nbsp;encompasses&nbsp;<span>more than 50 multimedia modules, tutorials and case studies to help your project succeed. And if you have an <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc" target="_blank">Education @USGBC</a> subscription, access to the guide is included at no extra cost.&nbsp;</span>Questions? See if our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/help-topic/web-based-reference-guide" target="_blank">reference guide FAQs</a> help.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/web-based-reference-guide-all-rating-systems" target="_blank" class="button">Subscribe to the web-based reference guide</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "581374b518a8ced58e000044", "5821e4ef5fecbce4a1000351"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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USGBC recently introduced a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10447933?return=/pilotcredits/all/v4">new pilot credit</a>&nbsp;called &ldquo;Informing Design Using Triple Bottom Line Analysis&rdquo; that rewards projects one point toward certification for conducting a triple bottom-line benefit-cost analysis on at least six <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> credits. Project teams can use Autocase to determine solutions that create optimal returns.</p> <p>We caught up with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/emma-stewart/0010333393">Emma Stewart</a>, head of sustainability solutions at Autodesk, John Williams, CEO of Impact Infrastructure and creator of Autocase, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/theresa-backhus/0010155884">Theresa Backhus,</a>&nbsp;Sites Technical Specialist at USGBC, to get their insight on how the pilot credit will enhance the certification process and the role of data within design strategy at large.</p> <p><strong>Tell us about this pilot credit. What went into the decision behind its creation?</strong></p> <p><strong>Emma:</strong>&nbsp;The biggest obstacle to scaling green buildings is the hard dollar cost of investing in greater levels of sustainability. Is it worth the risk? What&rsquo;s in it for me? Who gains the most? What are the social and environmental impacts to these up-front investments?</p> <p>Consider that 82 percent of facility executives say &ldquo;reducing costs&rdquo; was the top reason they&rsquo;re bothering to upgrade their buildings to be more energy-efficient (according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/johnson-controls-releases-2016-energy-efficiency-indicator-survey" target="_blank">2016 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indictor Survey</a>). Every single one of those executives needs a life cycle cost analysis to ensure those upgrades are the right ones to do and collectively pay them back many times over.</p> <p>We know that LEED-certified buildings have been shown to increase rental and resale rates and boost worker productivity. Greener buildings can also have spin-off benefits to neighbors and the global community by prioritizing locations close to transit, capturing and storing rainwater and sourcing materials regionally. But decision makers also need to understand how these benefits can apply to their buildings in a particular location, and just how much those benefits are worth in dollars.</p> <p>Autocase for Sustainable Buildings aims to answer those questions, automatically and as part of the design process. Once these analyses became democratized (i.e., feasible at 1 percent of the cost of a custom study and by non-experts) we were happy to hear that USGBC wanted to encourage this type of analysis through a LEED pilot credit.</p> <p><strong>Theresa:</strong>&nbsp;The new pilot credit is open to all rating systems (under BD+C, ID+C, O+M, ND and Homes) for both LEED 2009 and v4. Thus, almost all current and future LEED projects can take advantage of it, which is very exciting. This has the potential to impact a lot of buildings.</p> <p><strong>The latest version of LEED places emphasis on understanding the life cycle impacts, benefits and tradeoffs of different design decisions. How can integrated analysis tools like Autocase benefit LEED users?</strong></p> <p><strong>John:</strong>&nbsp;By using Autocase, LEED project teams can conduct a benefit cost analysis in advance of project completion to determine what design solutions will create optimal returns and produce a business case on the overall design while earning a point toward LEED certification. This allows project teams and buildings owners to cost-justify green design, communicate the value of enhanced designs to stakeholders and fine-tune designs to build more cost-effective and impactful buildings.</p> <p><strong>Theresa:</strong>&nbsp;One key component of the pilot credit is that the analysis must use empirical evidence, so that the costs associated with social and environmental benefits can be more accurately estimated. As more analyses are conducted by projects for the pilot credit, the pool of data and resources that went into creating the credit baselines will grow.</p> <p><strong>How do you think this will impact the design process for LEED-certified buildings?</strong></p> <p><strong>John:</strong>&nbsp;Now, design teams can see real-time changes on a social and environmental value &ldquo;counter&rdquo; as LEED credits are scored (think Turbotax refund meter) during building development. When the assessment is complete, users will have the results needed to make an objective business case&mdash;defending the greener building on basis of value, not just cost&mdash;as well as access to more LEED credits.</p> <p><strong>Theresa:</strong>&nbsp;Incorporating the triple bottom-line analysis early in the project will help building owners, designers and operators support high-performance, cost-effective project outcomes. This closely aligns with the goals of many LEED v4 credits, specifically the intent of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2613097?return=/credits/new-construction/v4" target="_blank">IP credit Integrative Process</a>.</p> <p><strong>Data sharing in any capacity is complex, but also necessary for any functioning benchmarking system. In your mind, what will be the role of big data within sustainable design in the near to long-term future?</strong></p> <p><strong>John:</strong>&nbsp;Conventional cost-benefit analyses typically cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, because they require teams of highly specialized economists, professionals uniquely unlikely to discount their services.</p> <p>We can now take advantage of very affordable cloud computing power to scour the literature for new valuation studies or run hundreds of parallel statistical simulations in a matter of seconds. Technology allows default data for specific buildings types to be more accurate, as well more contextually relevant assessments that leverage site-specific characteristics.</p> <p>Effectively, we turn instead to an "economist-in-a-box." As in the early days of computer-aided design, some specialists may fear for their jobs, but a more likely outcome is that the software will democratize cost-benefit analyses, creating a larger overall market through accessible, cost-effective automated tools.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "581ba6096a63343bc5000428", "5820c3134de63f6d1d0003fb"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The new pricing includes full access to the brand new Arc platform, which was <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-announces-new-technology-organization-arc" target="_blank">announced at this year&rsquo;s Greenbuild Conference and Expo</a>.</p> <p><em>Arc</em> is a green building performance platform that is fully integrated with LEED online and will allow any building, whether LEED certified or not, to immediately start measuring performance, making improvements and benchmarking against itself.</p> <p>In order to lock in the current LEED registration rates and also receive access to Arc, projects must register by Dec. 1, 2016 and pay on time.* And to lock in the current LEED certification rates, projects must complete certification or pre-pay certification fees before March 1, 2017 (within 90 days of the update).* As always, GBCI is committed to customer excellence, and if you need additional time to pre-pay your project fees, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/contactus" target="_blank">please reach out to us</a>.</p> <p><strong>Projects that register after Dec. 1, 2016 </strong>will follow the new fees schedule for both registration and certification.</p> <p>Key changes include:</p> <ul> <li>$300 increase for project registration</li> <li>New residential pricing and updated options for residential projects pursuing appeals</li> <li>New minimum thresholds introduced for fees</li> <li>All currently registered and certified LEED projects will have automatic access to Arc as of Dec. 1, 2016.</li> <li>Optimized pricing considerations for large-scale projects, portfolios and campus and volume program participants</li> </ul> <p>This is the first price increase since 2010. Have questions? <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/contactus" target="_blank">Contact us</a> for more information, and our team will get back to you promptly.</p> <p>*Note: Payment for registration can be submitted via credit card at the time of registration, or an invoice may be generated to facilitate payment by check, wire or credit card anytime within 60 days of registration. If payment for a LEED project registration is not received within 60 days, the project and its associated data will be deactivated in LEED Online. The project will need to re-register according to the updated fee schedule if it is done after Dec. 1, 2016. This window for payment also applies to certification.</p> <p>View the updated pricing below. These will go into effect on Dec. 2, 2016.</p> <div class="pricing-table"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr class="title"> <td class="gold"><strong>Building Design and Construction Fees</strong></td> <td colspan="2" class="blue"><strong>Silver, Gold and Platinum Level Members</strong> </td> <td colspan="2" class="blue"><strong>Organizational or non-members</strong> </td> </tr> <tr class="title price"> <td class="title-header">Registration</td> <td colspan="2">$1,200</td> <td colspan="2">$1,500</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan = "5" class="header"><strong>Precertification</strong> (Core &amp; Shell Only)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Flat fee (per building)</td> <td colspan="2">$4,000</td> <td colspan="2">$5,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$5,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header"><strong>Combined Certification Review: Design and Construction</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Rate</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Minimum</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Rate</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Minimum</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): less than 250,000 sq ft</td> <td>$0.057 /sf</td> <td>$2,850</td> <td>$0.068 /sf</td> <td>$3,420</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 250,000 - 499,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.055 /sf</td> <td>$14,250</td> <td>$0.066 /sf</td> <td>$17,100</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 500,000 - 749,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.050 /sf</td> <td>$27,500</td> <td>$0.060 /sf</td> <td>$33,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): more than 750,000 sq ft</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$10,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5"><strong>Split review: Design</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): less than 250,000 sq ft</td> <td>$0.047 /sf</td> <td>$2,325</td> <td>$0.055 /sf</td> <td>$2,740</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 250,000 - 499,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.045 /sf</td> <td>$11,625</td> <td>$0.053 /sf</td> <td>$13,760</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 500,000 - 749,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.041 /sf</td> <td>$22,500</td> <td>$0.049 /sf</td> <td>$26,625</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): more than 750,000 sq ft</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$10,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5"><strong>Split review: Construction</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): less than 250,000 sq ft</td> <td>$0.016 /sf</td> <td>$775</td> <td>$0.018 /sf</td> <td>$910</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 250,000 - 499,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.015 /sf</td> <td>$3,875</td> <td>$0.018 /sf</td> <td>$4,585</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 500,000 - 749,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.014 /sf</td> <td>$7,500</td> <td>$0.016 /sf</td> <td>$8,875</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): more than 750,000 sq ft</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$10,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5"><strong>Appeals</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Complex Credits</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$800 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Simple Credits</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$500 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$500 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5"><strong>Formal Inquiries</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project CIRs</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$220 per credit</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr class="title"> <td class="gold"><strong>Interior Design and Construction Fees</strong></td> <td colspan="2" class="blue"><strong>Silver, Gold and Platinum Level Members</strong></td> <td colspan="2" class="blue"><strong>Organizational or non-members</strong></td> </tr> <tr class="title price"> <td class="title-header"><strong>Registration</strong></td> <td colspan="2">$1,200</td> <td colspan="2">$1,500</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header"><strong>Combined Certification Review: Design and Construction</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Rate</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Minimum</strong></td> <td class="header"> <strong>Rate</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Minimum</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): less than 250,000 sq ft</td> <td>$0.038 /sf</td> <td>$1,900</td> <td>$0.046 /sf</td> <td>$2,250</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 250,000 - 499,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.035 /sf</td> <td>$9,500</td> <td>$0.042 /sf</td> <td>$11,140</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 500,000 - 749,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.030 /sf</td> <td>$17,500</td> <td>$0.036 /sf</td> <td>$21,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): more than 750,000 sq ft</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$10,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5"><strong>Split review: Design</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): less than 250,000 sq ft</td> <td>$0.032 /sf</td> <td>$1,615</td> <td>$0.038 /sf</td> <td>$1,900</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 250,000 - 499,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.030 /sf</td> <td>$8,060</td> <td>$0.035 /sf</td> <td>$9,400</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 500,000 - 749,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.026 /sf</td> <td>$15,000</td> <td>$0.031 /sf</td> <td>$17,625</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): more than 750,000 sq ft</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$10,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5"><strong>Split review: Construction</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): less than 250,000 sq ft</td> <td>$0.011 /sf</td> <td>$540</td> <td>$0.013 /sf</td> <td>$635</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 250,000 - 499,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.010 /sf</td> <td>$2,690</td> <td>$0.012 /sf</td> <td>$3,100</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 500,000 - 749,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.009 /sf</td> <td>$5,000</td> <td>$0.010 /sf</td> <td>$5,875</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): more than 750,000 sq ft</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$10,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5"><strong>Appeals</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Complex Credits</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$800 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Simple Credits</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$500 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$500 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5"><strong>Formal Inquiries</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project CIRs</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$220 per credit</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table> <tbody> <tr class="title"> <td class="gold"><strong>Operations and Maintenance Fees</strong></td> <td colspan="2" class="blue"><strong>Silver, Gold and Platinum Level Members</strong></td> <td colspan="2" class="blue"><strong>Organizational or non-members</strong></td> </tr> <tr class="title price"> <td class="title-header"><strong>Registration</strong></td> <td colspan="2">$1,200</td> <td colspan="2">$1,500</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header"><strong>Initial Certification Review</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Rate</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Minimum</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Rate</strong></td> <td class="header"><strong>Minimum</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): less than 250,000 sq ft </td> <td>$0.038 /sf</td> <td>$1,900</td> <td>$0.046 /sf</td> <td>$2,250</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 250,000 - 499,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.035 /sf</td> <td>$9,500</td> <td>$0.042/sf</td> <td>$11,140</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): 500,000 - 749,999 sq ft</td> <td>$0.030 /sf</td> <td>$17,500</td> <td>$0.036 /sf</td> <td>$21,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project gross floor area (excluding parking): more than 750,000 sq ft </td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$10,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5"><strong>Appeals</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Complex Credits</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$800 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Simple Credits</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$500 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$500 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5"><strong>Formal Inquiries</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project CIRs</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$220 per credit</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table> <tbody> <tr class="title"> <td class="gold"><strong>Neighborhood and Development Fees</strong></td> <td class="blue"><strong>First 20 Acres</strong></td> <td class="blue"><strong>21-100 Acres</strong></td> <td colspan="2" class="blue"><strong>More than 100 Acres</strong></td> </tr> <tr class="title price"> <td class="title-header"><strong>Registration</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$1,500 (for all)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Smart Location and Linkage (SLL) Prerequisite Review (Optional for LEED v2009)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$2,250 (for all)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$5,000 (for all)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Smart Location and Linkage (SLL) and Neighborhood Pattern and Design (NPD) Prerequisite Review (Optional for LEED v4)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$5,000 (for all)</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$5,000 (for all)</span></td> </tr> <tr class="title price"> <td class="title-header"><strong>Initial Stage Review</strong></td> <td>$18,000</td> <td>$350 per acre</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 30-35 business days to 15-17, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$25,000 (for all)</td> </tr> <tr class="title price"> <td class="title-header"><strong>Subsequent Stage Review</strong></td> <td>$10,000</td> <td>$350 per acre</td> <td colspan="2">Contact GBCI</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 30-35 business days to 15-17, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$15,000 <span>(for all)</span></td> </tr> <tr class="title price"> <td class="title-header"><strong>Appeals</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$500 per credit <span>(for all)</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$500 per credit <span>(for all)</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table > <tbody> <tr class="title"> <td class="gold"><strong>Residential Fees</strong></td> <td colspan="2" class="blue"><strong>Silver, Gold and Platinum Level Members</strong></td> <td colspan="2" class="blue"><strong>Organizational or non-members</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="5" class="header"><strong>Single Family (Cost per Home)</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Registration (1-25 homes)</td> <td colspan="2">$150</td> <td colspan="2">$225</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Registration (&gt; 25 homes)</td> <td colspan="2">$50</td> <td colspan="2">$125</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Certification (1 home)</td> <td colspan="2">$225</td> <td colspan="2">$300</td> </tr> <tr> <td rowspan="2">Certification (per batch submittal)</td> <td colspan="2">$175 per batch</td> <td colspan="2">$225 per batch</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2">plus $50 per home</td> <td colspan="2">plus $75 per home</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$1,000 per project</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Appeals</td> <td colspan="4">$175 per project</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Formal Inquiries (Project CIRs)</td> <td colspan="4">$220 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="5" class="header"><strong>Multifamily</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Registration</td> <td colspan="2">$1,200</td> <td colspan="2">$1,500</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Certification (0-49 Units)</td> <td colspan="2">$0.035 per sf</td> <td colspan="2">$0.045 per sf</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Certification (&gt; 50 Units)</td> <td colspan="2">$0.030 per sf</td> <td colspan="2">$0.040 per sf</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review (reduce from 20-25 business days to 10-12, available based on GBCI review capacity)</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$10,000 per project</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5">Appeals</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Complex credits</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$800 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Simple credits</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$500 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Expedited review</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$500 per credit</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="header" colspan="5">Formal inquiries</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Project CIRs</td> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="4">$220 per credit</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "581c9e022bfca9dd31000056", "581cb9de6fa64c3780000082"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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They serve as the first stop for project teams and have been restructured to focus on the most useful information for project teams.</p> <p>The guides have been evaluated to determine ways to make them function better as full guides, instead of a collection of separate credit-specific explanations.</p> <p>To support this, project teams will find:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Getting Started section</strong>: This new segment at the beginning of each guide goes beyond what&rsquo;s found in the introduction and includes a work-plan framework that guides project teams through the steps leading up to certification.</li> <li><strong>Navigation tools</strong>: Information is only helpful if you can find it. Throughout the guides, connections are highlighted&mdash;so when there is one credit that relates to another, we let you know. If a credit references information in the Getting Started section, we let you know that too.</li> <li><strong>Icons and other wayfinders</strong> that point out relationships, so that project teams can benefit from the full picture. At the credit level, the focus is on clarity, making sure project teams can quickly and easily see what each credit requires and how to achieve it.</li> </ul> <p>LEED reference guides are available in two formats:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Web-based</strong>: The fully interactive <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-web-based-reference-guide-4636291" target="_blank">web-based reference guide</a> is a simple, one-stop shop for all LEED v4 resources. The guides, accessed through the LEED credit library, include all of the information from the traditional format guides, plus video tutorials, downloadable forms, templates and presentations. Haven't seen the guides? View the sample credits: <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2613007?view=guide" target="_blank">EA credit Demand Response</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2613097?view=guide" target="_blank">IP credit Integrative Process</a></li> <li><strong>Traditional</strong>: The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications" target="_blank">print and pdf formats</a> of the reference guides walk project teams through all of the information they need to successfully achieve credits.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications" target="_blank" class="button">View the reference guides</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5813ae66dab53eb9b70001df", "58176adca12c77b07200052f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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LEED Fellows also have a strong history of highly impactful commitment, service and advocacy for green building and sustainability.</p> <p>LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review, is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and is supported by GBCI.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every story about green building is a story about people, and every story about LEED is a story about leadership,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president, GBCI, and CEO, USGBC. &ldquo;Megan and Michael&rsquo;s commitment to our shared mission and innovative work to advance the green building industry is at the heart of our movement and is helping to drive our progress of creating a more sustainable built environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>As Director of Technical Customer Service at GBCI,&nbsp;Megan Ritchie Saffitz&nbsp;coordinates technical responses to 500 LEED project teams a week. Under Megan&rsquo;s leadership, the Technical Customer Service team has been recognized with nine customer service awards, including &ldquo;Customer Service Team of the Year&rdquo; in 2014 by the American Business Awards, and &ldquo;Customer Service Team of the Year&rdquo; in 2015 and 2016 by the International Business Awards.</p> <p>Prior to her position at GBCI, Megan was a sustainable development consultant, shepherding numerous LEED for Neighborhood Development, LEED for Core and Shell, and LEED for Commercial Interior projects through the certification process. She was a founding board member of her local Congress of New Urbanism chapter, sat on the steering committee for the Seattle Branch of Cascadia Green Building Council and was co-chair of the Seattle LEED User Group for several years. She developed the curriculum for the first green real estate program in the country at North Seattle Community College, and lectured there on both commercial and residential real estate.</p> <p>As a LEED Certification Reviewer at GBCI,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/michael-kawecki/0010932958">Michael Kawecki</a>&nbsp;holds multiple LEED credentials (BD+C, ID+C and O+M), in addition to the WELL Accredited Professional credential, and serves as WELL Faculty. Michael is one of the founding members of the local USGBC North Texas Community, and served in multiple roles including board chair through 2008. He has trained more than 7,500 individuals, developed dozens of LEED and sustainable education courses, and spoken hundreds of times on the subject of LEED and sustainability, both individually and with others. He has published dozens of articles about LEED both locally and nationwide. Prior to his position at GBCI, Michael was the owner&rsquo;s representative for the first project to achieve LEED certification in Dallas, Texas.</p> <p>The nomination period for the 2017 LEED Fellows class will open in January 2017.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#fellow" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about the LEED Fellow program</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "580f6d0e94b4b41df20002ca", "58120c2f200d8da8260007c9"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Need to brush up on what's different about this enhanced version of LEED?</p> <p>The <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/LEED-v4-User-Guide.html" target="_blank">LEED v4 User Guide</a> answers your questions about why USGBC made changes to LEED since 2009 and shares our bolder vision of how to make buildings even healthier places in which to live, learn, work and play.&nbsp;</p> <p>The guide offers a breakdown of what's different in each rating system, details on how to get started on your project and even comparison charts showing the evolution of particular credits from LEED 2009 to LEED v4.</p> <p><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/LEED-v4-User-Guide.html" target="_blank" class="button">Download the LEED v4 User Guide</a></p> <p>Watch this video for more about the ideas behind the advances of LEED v4:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UJzdnykumTU" width="948" height="711"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "580a70778dc2be263800020f", "5810c5e1db1f0b3207000209"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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We want to help by simplifying your certification experience at the intersection of these two rating systems. For that reason, we&rsquo;ve released a list of credit substitutions so that similar credits need only be earned in one rating system&mdash;not both!&nbsp;</p> <p>Many SITES and LEED credits have similar requirements, and some are almost identical. This analysis resulted in a list of over 40 credits that were deemed equivalent, or partially equivalent, and can be used as <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/synergies-between-sites-and-leed" target="_blank">substitutes in your LEED and SITES projects</a>. For example, if your <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed#v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a> project has achieved the Construction Activity Pollution Prevention prerequisite, it can automatically earn the SITES v2 prerequisite, and vice-versa. Some of the credit substitutions may only work one way or the other. Also, some SITES credits have been approved for use as Innovation credits in LEED.</p> <p>Three types of equivalencies are available:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Full substitution credits.</strong>&nbsp;Earning these credits in&nbsp;either&nbsp;LEED or SITES will automatically mean earning the corresponding credit in the other rating system.</li> <li><strong>LEED earns SITES credits.</strong>&nbsp;Earning these LEED credits will automatically mean earning the corresponding SITES credits.</li> <li><strong>SITES earns LEED credits.</strong>&nbsp;Earning these SITES credit will automatically mean earning the corresponding LEED credits.</li> </ul> <p>Currently, substitutions are only available for projects using LEED 2009 and LEED v4 BD+C rating systems. However, this list will be updated regularly and additional substitution requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.</p> <p>See this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/synergies-between-sites-and-leed" target="_blank">guidance document</a> for the full list of credit substitutions, more information on applicability and important considerations for each credit. These will also be noted in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits" target="_blank">Credit Library</a>, at the bottom of each credit.</p> <p><a href="mailto:sites@gbci.org" target="_blank">Contact SITES for more information</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/synergies-between-sites-and-leed" target="_blank" class="button">Download the list of credits</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5807d3b81e1a928bc60004ed", "580e4de2439bb15e4200027e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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For other project types seeking certification using LEED v4:</p> <ul> <li>Single-family and multifamily buildings three stories or fewer should still use LEED BD+C: Homes.</li> <li>Existing multifamily buildings should still use LEED O+M: Multifamily.</li> <li>Core and Shell projects should still use LEED BD+C: Core and Shell.</li> </ul> <p>Questions? <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/contactus" target="_blank">Connect with GBCI</a> to determine the best fit for your project.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57fe81881e5d7783720001f6", "580913a969de0dc2a60004ad"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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After that date, we will officially transition to LEED v4 as the only version of the rating system available for new LEED projects.</p> <h2>What you need to know</h2> <h3>1) The deadline</h3> <p>If you would like to pursue LEED using any of the rating systems below, you must register by October 31, 2016. After that date, registration for the older versions will be closed, and any new LEED projects must use LEED v4.</p> <ul> <li>LEED for New Construction (and Italia New Construction) v2009</li> <li>LEED for Core and Shell v2009</li> <li>LEED for Schools v2009</li> <li>LEED for Retail: New Construction v2009</li> <li>LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors v2009</li> <li>LEED for Healthcare v2009</li> <li>LEED for Commercial Interiors v2009</li> <li>LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance v2009</li> <li>LEED for Neighborhood Development v2009</li> <li>LEED for Homes v2008</li> <li>LEED for Homes Midrise Pilot</li> <li>LEED India 2011 (New Construction and Core and Shell)</li> </ul> <p>The next major deadline for LEED 2009 projects is the rating system sunset date in 2021.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>&reg; will continue to accept initial applications (for Design or Standard preliminary review) for certification until the LEED 2009 sunset date of June 30, 2021.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/deadlines" target="_blank">View all the LEED registration and certification close dates</a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/deadlines"></a>2) Next steps</h3> <p><strong>For projects that have not yet registered but want to use a LEED 2009 rating system</strong>,&nbsp;visit&nbsp;<a href="https://lo.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">LEED Online</a>&nbsp;before the October 31 deadline to register your project. To complete your registration, you&rsquo;ll need your project details, payment and any forms to show you are authorized to act on the project owner&rsquo;s behalf, if you are not the project owner.</p> <p><strong>For projects that are already registered</strong>,<em>&nbsp;</em>there is nothing additional that you need to do right now, but please note that there are additional&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/deadlines" target="_blank">deadlines</a>&nbsp;regarding certification.&nbsp;</p> <h3>3) You can upgrade</h3> <p>LEED v4 was launched in November of 2013, providing new strategies for energy, water, materials, waste, performance, human health and other key areas within the built environment.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over 1,000 projects around the world are using the updated version of the rating system.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/contactus" target="_blank">Connect with GBCI</a> to upgrade your LEED 2009 project to LEED v4. The process is simple and there is no cost.</p> <h3>4) Sunset vs. registration close</h3> <p>Continuous improvement is a critical component built into LEED&rsquo;s DNA, allowing the system to evolve along with technology and the needs of the marketplace.</p> <p>As new versions of the rating systems are introduced, earlier versions are phased out, so that we are constantly pushing for the transformation to which we aspire.&nbsp;</p> <p>At any given point, LEED rating systems are</p> <ul> <li>Open for registration and certification,</li> <li>Closed for registration but open for certification, or</li> <li>Closed for registration and certification (sunset).&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The Oct. 31, 2016 deadline is for the registration close of the LEED 2009 rating systems. The sunset is set for June 31, 2021.</p> <h3>5) Miss the deadline</h3> <p>Missing the deadline does not mean that your project cannot pursue LEED. LEED registration for LEED v4 is open now, and will remain open until the next evolution of the rating system.</p> <p>More questions? Don't hesitate to ask! The expert staff who make up our technical solutions and support team are here to help on everything from choosing the right rating system for your project to helping you ensure that your strategies and documentation meet credit requirements.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/contactus" target="_blank">Contact us via the web</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:leedcoach@usgbc.org" target="_blank">email</a>&nbsp;at any time for more information or to discuss options for your project. Your success is our top priority.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5808dcd8f1b2ac0861000329", "580906ff2a54d4abf60002fe"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The Rating System Selection Guidance was updated to allow high-rise residential buildings of four stories or more to use New Construction or Multifamily Midrise (<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedaddenda/100002128" target="_blank">Correction 100002128</a>). The LEED v4 O+M MR Credit Purchasing&mdash;Facility Maintenance and Renovation, as well as the LEED v4 BD+C and ID+C MR Credit Building Product Disclosure and Optimization&mdash;Material Ingredients, were updated to include supply chain guidance.&nbsp;</p> <p>To see all corrections, download the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/grid/leed/addenda?title=reference%20guide%20addenda" target="_blank">reference guide tables.</a></p> <h3>Pilot credits</h3> <p>The following pilot credits were published this quarter and can be viewed in the credit library or at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/pilotcredits" target="_blank">usgbc.org/pilotcredits</a>:<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10349433?return=/pilotcredits/all/all">EApc111&mdash;Alternative Performance Rating Method</a>, published 7/11/2016</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10399220?return=/pilotcredits/all/all">MRpc112&mdash;Certified Multi-attribute Products and Materials</a>, published 8/15/2016</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10448310?return=/pilotcredits/all/all">SSpc113&mdash;Informing Design Using Triple Bottom Line Analysis</a>, published 9/19/2016</li> </ul> <h2>Form and calculator updates</h2> <p>For LEED v4, corrections were made to the following forms and calculators:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/purchasing-calculator" target="_blank">MR Credit Purchasing Calculator</a> (LEED O+M): updated weighted average formula for lamps to correct misalignment, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedaddenda/5000054" target="_blank">Form Update 5000064</a></li> <li>EA Prerequisite Minimum Energy Performance (LEED O+M): updated weighted average formula for normalized source energy use intensity, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedaddenda/5000063" target="_blank">Form Update 5000063</a></li> </ul> <p>For <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/minimum-energy-performance-calculator-v2009" target="_blank">LEED 2009</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/minimum-energy-performance-calculator" target="_blank">LEED v4</a>, several updates were made to the EA Minimum Energy Performance Calculator. For a detailed description, please review <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedaddenda/5000062" target="_blank">Form Update 5000062</a>.</p> <p>A complete list of form and calculator updates is available through the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-interpretations" target="_blank">Addenda Database</a> or <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/sampleforms" target="_blank">usgbc.org/sampleforms</a>.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57fe81221e5d779166000225", "5808e7b0f1b2aca7c6000451"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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These social and environmental benefits can be realized while dramatically improving operational profits.</p> <p>I encourage you to learn more. Please view the series&rsquo;&nbsp;introductory video&nbsp;below. If you have a green building leadership story about LEED, please <a href="mailto:ajhunjhunwala@gbci.org" target="_blank">contact Alok Jhunjhunwala</a>.</p> <p>LEED on!</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vE159Kz9JUw" width="948" height="711"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58066f5098053087540006a6", "580682da9805306bb8000512"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The AGN grant program provides funding and educational resources to developers of affordable housing who are pursuing <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> for Neighborhood Development certification. The projects selected are committed to creating affordable and sustainable communities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our homes, and the neighborhoods in which they reside, are the anchors for our families and communities&mdash;making them a critical component of the green building movement,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. &ldquo;We are excited to partner with Bank of America to foster relationships with developers who are committed to creating homes that will help families save energy, water and money as well as enjoy the health and well-being benefits that go with living in green homes. We applaud this year&rsquo;s grant recipients for ensuring that the most important places in which we spend our time are sustainable.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The 2016 AGN grant recipients are:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Beecher Terrace Choice Neighborhood&mdash;Louisville, Kentucky</li> <li>Edison-Eastlake Choice Neighborhoods Community&mdash;Phoenix, Arizona</li> <li>Indigo Block&mdash;Dorchester, Massachusetts</li> <li>Lathrop Homes&mdash;Chicago, Illinois</li> <li>Sun Valley EcoDistrict&mdash;Denver, Colorado</li> </ul> <p>Launched in 2010, the AGN grant program has helped create affordable, sustainable neighborhoods across the country.&nbsp;This year&rsquo;s recipients will receive an award package valued at nearly $45,000, including three one-year subscriptions to the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc" target="_blank">Education @USGBC</a> platform; access to the <a href="http://leedon.io/" target="_blank">LEED Dynamic Plaque</a> platform for three years; and a two-day, in-person technical assistance session with USGBC staff.</p> <p>&ldquo;Affordable Green Neighborhood projects demonstrate that well-built, energy-efficient housing is cost-effective while also helping to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon future,&rdquo; said Alex Liftman, Global Environmental executive at Bank of America. &ldquo;Partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council is one way we work to address community development needs in support of thriving economies.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/guide/nd" target="_blank">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a> (LEED ND) integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building, while benefiting communities by reducing urban sprawl, increasing transportation choices and decreasing automobile dependence, encouraging healthy living and protecting threatened species.</p> <p>The six members of the AGN review committee, who were selected for their industry leadership, represent the perspectives of architecture and design, New Urbanism, smart growth, affordable housing, community development and tax credit financing. In their deliberations, the review committee members evaluated potential projects on several criteria relating to the strength of the project, the financial needs of the project team and the potential value to the community.</p> <p>Of the 31 projects previously awarded grants, 11 have achieved LEED ND certification to date. These seven projects represent more than 400 acres, 539 dwelling units and 1.17 million gross square feet of planned or built space, all designed to the highest standards of sustainability and inclusion. The remaining AGN grant recipients are LEED-registered projects working toward completion.</p> <p>LEED&nbsp;(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has become the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system. LEED projects undergo a technically rigorous process to become certified, including multiple onsite inspections and diagnostic tests. Quality control and quality assurance are built into the process so that builders, architects and homeowners can rest assured they get what they paid for and specified.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-neighborhood-development" target="_blank">Learn more about LEED for Neighborhood Development</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Bank of America</strong></p> <p>At Bank of America, our focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is critical to fulfilling our purpose of helping make people&rsquo;s financial lives better. Our commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company. It is demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our customers, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocate groups, such as community and environmental organizations, in order to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at bankofamerica.com/about, and connect with us on Twitter at @BofA_News.</p> <p><a href="http://about.bankofamerica.com/assets/pdf/Bank-of-America-2015-ESG-Report.pdf" target="_blank">2015 Bank of America Business Standards Report</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57f6a6910826823bf0000063", "57f6bafb18c4fc30cd0002c5"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://in.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhoods-2016-grant-recipients-announced#comments Media Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:58:52 +0000 Leticia McCadden 10479641 at http://in.usgbc.org LEED certification update: Third quarter 2016 http://in.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-third-quarter-2016 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-cert-update_template_7_0.png?1475518612" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We have revitalized this recurring feature to make it more dynamic and easier to read!&nbsp;From now on,&nbsp;you will be able to check in quarterly on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>&reg; certification activity, broken out by achievement level,&nbsp;rating system and location. We will remind you of this feature and the new numbers in the first week of every quarter through a USGBC article.</p> <p>Additionally, be sure to check out the suite of market briefs for your <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/state-market-brief" target="_blank">state</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/country-market-brief" target="_blank">country</a>,&nbsp;as well as our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/homes-market-brief" target="_blank">state-by-state&nbsp;LEED for&nbsp;Homes</a> rating system brief. For project-specific information, head to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects" target="_blank">LEED project directory</a>&nbsp;for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gbig.org/collections/14544" target="_blank">Green Building&nbsp;Information&nbsp;Gateway</a>&nbsp;to&nbsp;analyze LEED trends around the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><div class='tableauPlaceholder' id='viz1483641903872' style='position: relative'><noscript><a href='#'><img alt=' ' src='https:&#47;&#47;public.tableau.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;RK&#47;RKK9956YQ&#47;1_rss.png' style='border: none' /></a></noscript><object class='tableauViz' style='display:none;'><param name='host_url' value='https%3A%2F%2Fpublic.tableau.com%2F' /> <param name='path' value='shared&#47;RKK9956YQ' /> <param name='toolbar' value='yes' /><param name='static_image' value='https:&#47;&#47;public.tableau.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;RK&#47;RKK9956YQ&#47;1.png' /> <param name='animate_transition' value='yes' /><param name='display_static_image' value='yes' /><param name='display_spinner' value='yes' /><param name='display_overlay' value='yes' /><param name='display_count' value='yes' /></object></div> <script type='text/javascript'> var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1483641903872'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='604px';vizElement.style.height='920px'; var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); </script></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57ed2fa596b1506c110007f9", "57f2a07c9099cf6e95000046"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://in.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-third-quarter-2016#comments LEED Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:16:52 +0000 Robb Tufts 10468724 at http://in.usgbc.org Take our LEED v4 survey to share your needs http://in.usgbc.org/articles/take-our-leed-v4-survey-share-your-needs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/take-our-leed-v4-survey-to-share-your-needs_0.png?1474982314" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC&reg; is constantly working to engage individuals and understand needs across the market.</p> <p>Please help us by taking our brief survey to share what resources you need to help you with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed#v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://usgbc.getfeedback.com/r/DGdh1JjN" target="_blank" class="button">Take our survey</a></p> <p>As a reminder, beginning on Nov. 1, 2016, new LEED registrations will only be accepted under LEED v4. If you would like to upgrade a LEED 2009 project to LEED v4, please <a href="http://www.gbci.org/contact" target="_blank">contact us</a>.&nbsp;GBCI&rsquo;s support team will be happy to assist you.</p> <p>To thank you for your time, individuals who complete the survey will be entered to win a $75 Amazon gift card.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57e181461da305e95e00042a", "57ea71981ceef76746000017"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://in.usgbc.org/articles/take-our-leed-v4-survey-share-your-needs#comments LEED Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:18:34 +0000 Nora Knox 10459601 at http://in.usgbc.org LEED v4 Stories: Paladino Seattle http://in.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-stories-paladino-seattle <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-v4-stories--paladino-seattle_0.png?1474653758" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-stories-brooklyn-basin" target="_blank">LEED v4 Stories&nbsp;series</a> features the people the behind diverse <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed#v4" target="_blank">LEED</a>&reg; v4 projects. Project team members and project owners tell of their experiences&mdash;both the wins and the challenges.</em></p> <p>I interviewed Brad Pease, Vice President of Paladino and Company (project owner), to learn about the company&rsquo;s experience pursuing LEED v4, beginning with their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/paladino-seattle-0" target="_blank">LEED Gold headquarters</a>&nbsp;in Seattle.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Why did you chose to pursue LEED v4 instead of v3?</strong></p> <p>Being an early adopter has its benefits&mdash;we created a learning opportunity and were able to share what we learned with our clients. Initially, we targeted a LEED 2009 Platinum rating, but moved to LEED v4 midway through the design because it aligned with our core values.&nbsp;</p> <p>A gap analysis between the rating systems found that the projected LEED 2009 Platinum project would only qualify for Gold under LEED v4. The credits in LEED v4 enabled us to design a better office space than those in LEED 2009. By being first, we were able to prove the connection between bigger goals and better performance before asking clients to adopt the program.</p> <p><strong>What were the biggest differences you experienced in LEED v4?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Credits in the new Location and Transportation (LT) category continue to encourage transit- and pedestrian-oriented locations. However, the LEED v4 credits require projects to meet more criteria or higher thresholds.&nbsp;These changes reward locations where compact development strategies will have meaningful results and penalize project locations that do not meet the credits&rsquo; intents (such as a strip mall with amenities but no pedestrian connection to the community, or an isolated office building with a bike rack). This shift encourages developers to consider their surroundings and how they connect with the community&mdash;which is vitally important for broader sustainable development.</p> <p>Even the small changes took some effort to implement. For example, outdoor airflow monitoring is now required for IEQp Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance. And &ldquo;no smoking&rdquo; signs are required at all building entries, including those to retail or tenant spaces with exterior doors, for IEQp Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control.</p> <p>We installed a dedicated outdoor air fan for our office as part of our build-out, so we easily addressed the outdoor air monitoring requirement. But in a building with a central air system that is operated by the landlord and shared with other tenants, this requirement may take some negotiation to meet.</p> <p>Both the location and airflow requirements required coordination and acceptance on the part of the building owner. But that&rsquo;s the benefit&mdash;the education extends beyond the project space.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1474568403-33-0925/paladino_2014091504352.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="632" /></strong></p> <p><strong>What are the most impactful credits you found while working on this LEED v4</strong>&nbsp;<strong>project?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>We are really excited about the Integrative Design credit. It requires design teams to think about sustainability early and to find efficiencies across the project. This new credit is worth 2 points and is easy to achieve when project teams engage with an integrative design expert during an early phase, like Schematic Design and pre-design. It&rsquo;s the first credit to encourage a process that moves the industry beyond the standard design approach. Paladino helped author the LEED v4 EBOM and ND credits, and helped revise the NC credit to better align its goals to the documentation required.</p> <p><strong>Was there a cost difference between LEED v4 and v3 projects you&rsquo;ve done?</strong></p> <p>We use LEED as a back-check to validate the performance outcomes of a project. We rarely see added costs for LEED certification, because we establish goals up front, and then select credits that help achieve them. This is true regardless of the version we use.</p> <p><strong>Tell me about the business strategies and cost incentives for pursuing LEED v4.</strong></p> <p>Incentives for using LEED v4 are built into the system. It's simpler to use, the certification process and outcome is more predictable, and credits are better aligned to the design process. &ldquo;Doing things the right way&rdquo; is more readily rewarded, making it easier to align to our clients&rsquo; business needs. We get to position Paladino as a guiding hand on an integrative design process, rather than a LEED accountant that achieves a high certification level on an average building.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1474568447-63-1051/paladino_2014091502922.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="632" /></p> <p><strong>What were the biggest lessons learned in the jump to LEED v4?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>We chose to upgrade from LEED 2009 to LEED v4 after construction on our office was under way&mdash;too late to incorporate the requirements for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization (BPDO) credits into our specifications, but still too early for the new documentation to be widely available in the market.</p> <p>The real and unexpected complication that we encountered with the BPDO credits was the change to compliance based on the number of products instead of cost calculations. Our space was designed to use fewer materials overall&mdash;just 35! As a result, we didn&rsquo;t have much of a buffer for these credits; more than half of the products we installed would have needed to comply to achieve one of the new BPDO options. So although EPDs were available for products we used, the combination of less materials and our position as early adopters prevented us from achieving that credit.</p> <p>Manufacturers and industry associations quickly addressed the new requirements to ensure that project teams won&rsquo;t have trouble finding materials that contribute to these credits when&nbsp;<a href="http://www.paladinoandco.com/counting-leedv4/" target="_blank">LEED v4 becomes mandatory in October.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://productguide.ulenvironment.com/SearchResults.aspx?CertificationID=15" target="_blank">Environmental and Health Product Declarations</a>&nbsp;are being published at a fast pace, and options are already available for typical building products used in interior fit-outs like ours, such as acoustic ceilings, flooring and gypsum board. Achieving BPDO credits will be a simple matter of updating specifications, and not the headache or cost premium that some have speculated.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Finally, what have you learned through your pursuit of LEED certification?</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>We experienced a few hiccups on the path to v4 certification, but the learning curve is not that steep. Here are two lessons that we can impart to you:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Preparation is essential.</strong>&nbsp;Perform a schedule of value analysis for products and materials early in design. The analysis should confirm that all materials are required for the project, and identify a beneficial materials palette that satisfies the Owner's Project Requirements. Since the certification of our Seattle office, the industry has made great strides. There are more products available now with the Environmental and Health Product Declarations, and some manufacturers are pursuing Declare labels from the International Living Future Institute. Even with this growth in product declarations, though, many manufacturers of materials that typically contribute to previous LEED versions are still playing catch-up.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ol><ol start="2"> <li><strong>Engage the team</strong>&nbsp;<strong>even earlier.&nbsp;</strong>With a significantly revised rating system focused on performance rather than as-designed conditions, LEED v4 incentivizes integrated design and decision making. Specialty expertise will be required for some credits where architecture and engineering firms may have used generalists before.</li> </ol> <p><strong>How has achieving this certification helped Paladino?</strong></p> <p>Our team was able to apply the lessons learned from our headquarters LEED v4 pilot to every LEED v4 project going forward. Our certification ensures that our clients receive an exceptionally efficient LEED management program, without the learning curve that&rsquo;s typical with a new standard.</p> <p>We shared lessons learned with our national team, so best practices were applied to Paladino&rsquo;s Washington, D.C., office, which is pursuing a LEED v4 Gold ID+C:CI rating. Our team recently worked with The Tower Companies to re-certify one of its class-A office buildings, 1828 L. St. NW in Washington, D.C. It achieved LEED v4 Gold EBOM recertification in July, and we hope to achieve more LEED v4 certifications with clients in the coming months, including PNC Financial Services Group on One and Two PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57dc3d7cd1acbeb94d0004e1", "57e56cefc57ac798f6000084"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://in.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-stories-paladino-seattle#comments LEED Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:02:38 +0000 Rukesh Samarasekera 10454912 at http://in.usgbc.org LEED 2009 sunset dates and upgrade details http://in.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2009-sunset-dates-and-upgrade-details <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/earn-leed-credits-for-making-your-facility-zero-waste_0_1.png?1474640134" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Registration closes on October 31, 2016 for all <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>&reg; v3 rating systems. After that date, no new LEED v3 project registrations will be accepted. The next key deadline for these projects is the rating system sunset date in 2021. <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>&reg; will continue to accept initial applications (for Design or Standard preliminary review) for certification until the LEED v3 sunset date of June 30, 2021. These deadlines apply to all of the LEED v3 rating systems:</p> <ul> <li>LEED for New Construction (and Italia NC) v2009</li> <li>LEED for Core and Shell v2009</li> <li>LEED for Schools v2009</li> <li>LEED for Retail: New Construction v2009</li> <li>LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors v2009</li> <li>LEED for Healthcare v2009</li> <li>LEED for Commercial Interiors v2009</li> <li>LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance v2009</li> <li>LEED for Neighborhood Development v2009</li> <li>LEED for Homes v2008</li> <li>LEED for Homes Midrise Pilot</li> <li>LEED India 2011 (NC &amp; CS)</li> </ul> <p>After the sunset date of June 30, 2021, GBCI will stop accepting initial applications for certification using LEED v3 rating systems. Those systems will then be considered closed for certification, or sunset.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/deadlines" target="_blank" class="button">View all the LEED registration and certification close dates</a></p> <p>To certify a project using one of the above-listed rating systems, you must submit for at least one stage of review prior to the sunset date. June 30, 2021, is the last day we'll accept first-time submissions for Design or Standard (Combined) review.</p> <p><strong>After June 30, 2021:</strong></p> <p>For teams that have not submitted for any stage of review, project access will be restricted,&nbsp;and team members will not be able to submit for review.</p> <p>For project teams that have already submitted an initial application, full access (including the ability to submit for review) will remain available throughout the remaining time allotted to your team to finish the certification process. See the tables below for more information on the time allotted to finish the certification process for each review pathway.</p> <p><strong>What if you can&rsquo;t meet a deadline</strong>?</p> <p>If you can&rsquo;t meet a particular deadline, you can choose among a few options:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Upgrade your project</strong> to a newer version. Contact us to make the switch.</li> <li><strong>Contact us</strong>. Before the deadline, send us the details concerning your project, and we&rsquo;ll explore alternative options.</li> <li><strong>Do nothing</strong>. You also have the option of not doing anything; however, if we don&rsquo;t hear from you, your project will sunset on June 30, 2021, and you will no longer be able to access your project. Note: if you decide to pursue certification at a later date, the project will need to be reregistered under a newer version of LEED.</li> </ol> <h3>Standard Review</h3> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Review Phase</strong></td> <td><strong>Last day to apply</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Standard Preliminary</td> <td>June 30, 2021</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Standard Final Review</td> <td>Within 25 business days of completion* of Standard Preliminary Review</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Decision to Accept/Appeal Standard Review</td> <td>Within 25 business days of completion of Standard Final Review</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Standard Appeal Review</td> <td>Within 25 business days of completion of Standard Final Review</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3>Split Review</h3> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Review Phase</strong></td> <td><strong>Last day to apply</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Design Preliminary Review</td> <td>June 30, 2021</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Design Final Review</td> <td>Within 25 business days of completion of Design Preliminary Review</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Decision to Accept/Appeal Design Review</td> <td>Within 25 business days of completion of Design Final Review</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Design Appeal Review</td> <td>Within 25 business days of completion of Design Final Review</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Construction Preliminary Review</td> <td>Within 18 months of completion of Design Final Review OR before the sunset date, whichever occurs latest</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Construction Final Review</td> <td>Within 25 business days of completion of Construction Preliminary Review</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Decision to Accept/Appeal Construction Review</td> <td>Within 25 business days of completion of Construction Final Review</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Construction Appeal Review</td> <td>Within 25 business days of completion of Construction Final Review</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>*Completion of a review is the date that phase of review is returned from GBCI to the project team</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57d98f1599c48372ed00030f", "57e53767045f7fed980003d2"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://in.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2009-sunset-dates-and-upgrade-details#comments LEED Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:10:33 +0000 Selina Holmes 10454358 at http://in.usgbc.org LEED Dynamic Plaque Diaries: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power http://in.usgbc.org/articles/leed-dynamic-plaque-diaries-los-angeles-department-water-and-power <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/dynamic-plaque-diaries--los-angeles-department-of-water-and-power_0.png?1474567361" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Content provided by Michael Ventre of LADWP Communications.</em></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/los-angeles-department-water-power" target="_blank">Los Angeles Department of Water and Power&rsquo;</a>s (LADWP) continuous&nbsp;efforts to go green are closely entwined with its use of the <a href="http://leedon.io/" target="_blank">LEED Dynamic Plaque</a>. The more improvements LADWP implements in its corporate headquarters, the more positive feedback the Dynamic Plaque delivers.</p> <p>In late May, the visual and interactive Dynamic Plaque at LADWP&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/ladwp-john-ferraro-building" target="_blank">John Ferraro Building</a> (JFB) in downtown Los Angeles showed that the iconic building owned by the largest public utility in the nation had achieved LEED Gold status. JFB is the first building in the L.A. region to keep its certification up to date with the Dynamic Plaque.</p> <p>This comes just one year after JFB achieved its initial LEED certification, on the occasion of its 50th&nbsp;anniversary. At LADWP, we are extremely proud of our LEED Gold certification, and we continue to move determinedly in an even greener direction.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1474472346-193-0998/LEED_OPTION_ONE.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="632" /></p> <p>In all five Dynamic Plaque categories&mdash;energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience&mdash;LADWP scores improved significantly. The LEED Gold status is a tribute to the dedication and ingenuity of those employees on the LADWP&rsquo;s Green Team tasked with the challenge of making a building that was completed in 1965 perform like a modern-day conservation marvel.</p> <p>LADWP&rsquo;s Dynamic Plaque performance is the direct result of improvements put in place by our building managers and staff to reduce usage, increase energy efficiency and save on costs. For example, it embarked on a major lighting retrofit project involving JFB&rsquo;s 6th&nbsp;and 7th&nbsp;floors and parking lots, which helped to increase its energy score. LADWP also installed a new, more efficient chiller to keep the building cool. Our&nbsp;Dynamic Plaque results mean even more when you consider that JFB is a 24-hour staffed facility and requires more resources to operate than other buildings in our area.</p> <p>As we all strive for a greener future, LADWP is looking forward to further moving the needle in conservation and sustainability in our own operations and to targeting additional green initiatives with our employees.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57db09ec62db3ad7a1000c77", "57e41c23246ff8b75d000428"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://in.usgbc.org/articles/leed-dynamic-plaque-diaries-los-angeles-department-water-and-power#comments LEED Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:02:41 +0000 Kunal Gulati 10453410 at http://in.usgbc.org Advancing LEED v4 in Asia http://in.usgbc.org/articles/advancing-leed-v4-asia <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-all-appl-country"> <div class="field-label">Applicable country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> China </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/advancing-leed-v4-in-asia_0.png?1474553642" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green building practitioners from 12 locations across Asia gathered in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 25 and 26 for a productive discussion on implementing <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed#v4" target="_blank">LEED&reg; v4</a> in the region. The consensus: LEED v4 can be done in Asia.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the workshop, attendees shared their thoughts on what new additions to LEED v4 have the greatest value for green buildings in the region:</p> <ul> <li>Better focus on integrated process&mdash;it saves money, delivers a better outcome and saves time</li> <li>Performance-driven rather than design-driven</li> <li>Energy savings for the life cycle of the building</li> <li>Reference guide contains valuable content, including an International Tips section</li> <li>Market sector adaptions are helpful</li> <li>Better focus on human health</li> <li>Reduced documentation</li> <li>Better focus on acoustics</li> <li>Increased focus on air quality focus is important to drive the market in Asia</li> <li>Change in prerequisites allows greater use of LEED</li> </ul> <p>Perceived challenges to implementing LEED v4 in Asia were also identified:</p> <ul> <li>LT credits are hard to achieve outside the city, especially hard for many industrial projects</li> <li>It's hard to get some site info from the government&mdash;classifications of brownfield are very different</li> <li>Bike networks are almost nonexistent in Asia</li> <li>EPDs are hard to find, manufacturers are not interested and they are not up the level required</li> <li>Increased energy efficiency requirements will be more expensive</li> <li>Lack of building commissioning capability in some countries in the region</li> <li>MR credits&mdash;the holistic nature is against the way the things are done in Asia and a lack of availability increases use of imported products</li> <li>Testing IEQ standards&mdash;only a very limited number of companies can do this testing in Asia</li> <li>Lack of experience for new specialties that are needed, such as commissioning and daylight modeling</li> </ul> <p>Attendees discussed strategies for how to navigate some of these challenges, applying LEED v4 credit requirements to an actual project in Asia, and then came up with suggestions for project teams. Some examples include:</p> <h3>Enhanced indoor air quality strategies</h3> <ul> <li>Assess the project for natural ventilation and determine what common contaminates could be in the building&nbsp;</li> <li>When possible, and when outside air quality permits throughout the year, use mixed-mode supply air systems, which according to some experts in the region, has been proven to be the most efficient strategy&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>Building product disclosure and optimization&mdash;sourcing of raw materials</h3> <ul> <li>Identify the most costly materials (structure, envelope, ducts) in order to make them a priority in finding their environmental attributes.</li> <li>Look at existing databases of local products with EPDs and HPDs, like&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gigabase.org/" target="_blank">GIGA</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://productguide.ulenvironment.com/QuickSearch.aspx" target="_blank">UL&rsquo;s Sustainable Product Guide</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Heat island reduction</h3> <ul> <li>Consider including solar panels in the roof, as they will serve for several energy-saving purposes, including heat island reduction.</li> <li>When specific product SRI values are not available, projects could work with generic SRI values.</li> <li>Projects should stress the importance of energy savings in buildings that result from implementing Heat Island Reduction strategies and using high SRI products.</li> </ul> <p>Working through some of the challenges helped attendees see that LEED v4 is possible, and that education and rethinking new strategies for meeting LEED v4 credit requirements are critical to succeeding with the newest version of LEED. From workshopping individual LEED v4 credits and hearing lessons learned from successful projects in Asia, attendees walked away with tools to help them succeed with LEED v4.</p> <p>Here are some helpful tools to get you started with&nbsp;LEED v4:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-user-guide" target="_blank">LEED v4 User Guide</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-education-recap" target="_blank">2016 LEED v4 Education Series</a></li> <li><a href="http://usgbc.org/credits" target="_blank">LEED Credit Library</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/use-v4-credits-your-v2009-project" target="_blank">How to apply LEED v4 credits on your LEED 2009 project</a></li> </ul><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57d98ed037eae86dc90002d5", "57e3e6ba66e698a8f9000993"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://in.usgbc.org/articles/advancing-leed-v4-asia#comments LEED Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:14:02 +0000 Mika Kania 10452996 at http://in.usgbc.org