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GBRI's Ten Things You Need to Know about LEED v4

GBCI: 0910000504

A look at the top ten changes and additions with the latest version of the LEED rating system.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LEED Green Associate

LEED version: v4

Published on: June 03, 2014

Average: 3.3 (15 votes)


This one hour course will look at the top ten changes and additions with the latest version of the LEED rating system. We will explore credit category changes, the removal of many credits, updated reference standards, changes to project certification process as well as changes relevant to LEED accredited professionals. This course will keep you up to date and aware of the key pieces of information you'll need as we continue to move into the new era of LEED v4.


  1. Analyze the salient credit changes as well as credits that were removed or are new to LEED rating systems with v4.
  2. Discuss the relevant changes in the project certification process including costs, documentation and standards.
  3. Explore the overarching concepts that have changed with LEED v4 related to outreach and overall ease of use with the rating systems.
  4. Understand the concept of integrated process as it applies to professionals and projects seeking LEED v4 certification.
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
San Antonio, TX
United States


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Emily Vella

Technical Building Consultant
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26 commentsLeave a comment

Technical Solutions, U.S. Green Building Council

Good class, however please update the LEED v2009 registration deadline. This date has moved to October 31, 2016.

Administrative Coordinator, LEED Support

Hi Lisa,

Thank you for contacting us regarding this issue and bringing it to our attention. We have passed on the information to our education partner for correction.

Thank you!

Principal, SMR Architects

A good basic overview of the changes between LEED 2009 and v4.


Dear Juslin varghese,

Can you please do something for increase the volume.

With thanks and regards

Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)

Thank you for all your comments. We have published a newer version of this course titled 21 Things You Should Know About LEEDv4 and How Does it Affect You? Developed in Prezi format, it's a must-watch course for every LEED Professional as it includes the updates under LEED v4 along with discussion on how ti affects you as a professional. Here is the link -

Civil Engineer, Cameron Engineering & Associates LLP

As stated previously by others, the actual final date for projects registering under LEED v2009 is June 1, 2015, and is not an option. This remains a problem as does the sound quality

Ingeniera en Organización de Empresas, IRSA

Good, but has some sound problems. The deadline to register a project in LEED v2009 is outdated.

Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)

Thank you Ana for bringing this to our notice. The registration deadlines (Now October 1st 2016 for LEED 2009) have changed since we first published this course. We are in the process of updating this course.

Marketing Manager, Turner Construction Company

The slides said that you can register under the v2009 program until June 1 but the answer in the quiz was June 27.

DPR Construction

Good course although the audio and segmented playback was distracting (it quit on me at segment 17 and took a little while to get back to that)

Also, at this point many of the dates/ deadlines are too far in the past to matter ... and the deadline to register a project in LEED v2009 - I made a note of what I heard but that date did not appear in the assessment at the end.

Project Manager, JLL

Emily needs to speak louder :-(

architect, Lang architects

quite good but has some sound problems

Energy Solutions Performance Engineer, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Poor audio quality.

Sustainability Project Manager, Kohl's Department Stores

This was a good overview of the changes coming with LEED V4. Better for people who are new to the rating system since it doesn't go into specifics.

Faculty and Director, Green Building Learning Collaborative, University of Florida
Pro Reviewer

Very good course. It addresses the changes you need to know about V4 over all, and it goes into details about some credits.
Minor comment, I noticed a typo on L&T credit slide. Instead of BD+C it shows BC+C.

Senior Project Manager, Conservation Services Group
Pro Reviewer

This course does a fine overview of the changes that V4 brings to the table. The broadness that it provides, allows a good basic taste of the adjustments and fine tuning that LEED V4 provides. The use of the URL's are a good idea, one that should be expanded upon. Although this is elementary some of the topics are more in depth, but it is unclear if these are meant as instances or the extent of changes.

Sustainability Consultant, New Leaf Sustainability Consulting
Pro Reviewer

The program does a fine job of explaining the changes with LEED v4. It goes beyond just the individual credits and categories, looking at how professional credentialing is affected as well. Certification process and documentation are also covered.

Director of Sustainability, North Shore LIJ Health System
Pro Reviewer

Program is now abit outdated. Gives a reasonably good overview of the V4 rating system but still leaves something to be desired. To infer that the largest change in V4 is that the Sustainable Sites credit catagory is now called Location and Transportation and that there were "some" changes to Materials and Resources, in my opinion is off the mark.

Project Coordinator, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

Hello, I can't find the download link for this webinar. Can someone help me?

Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Alexandria, please press the play button on the top of the course to view the video.

Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council

Thanks for the quick response, Nora.

Alexandria, to clarify, this course can't be downloaded for offline viewing. It's not a video file, it's an interactive course where you click through to complete it.



Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)

Thanks Selena! The registration close date for all LEED 2009 rating systems has been extended to October 31, 2016. While LEED v4 project registartion is open, this allows new projects to register under the old rating system. Such project have until June 30, 2021 to submit their project for certification. We will update this course to reflect these changes.

Donald - At the last USGBC Partner meeting we attended it was explained to us that the reason the last day to register a project for v2009 is still a year out is to allow time for LEED AP's to prepare themselves to register projects under the new version. This way LEED AP's still have a year review the new reference guide and view courses, like this one, that explains the differences between the two systems. If you would like to view courses that provide more detailed information on LEED v4 changes and credits we have created an online training module that could help.

Director, Marketing, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Donald - As LEED evolves, earlier versions are phased out. We've recently extended the registration close date for LEED 2009, to June 27, 2015 so that it's in line with other LEED rating system deadlines. You can learn more about the process here:

Director, Carrier Corporation/United Technologies

Excellent to have a basic knowledge on LEED v4 vs. v2009.

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