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LEED v4 BD+C Updates

GBCI: 0910000404

Gain an understanding of the changes to LEED v4 BD+C to remain nimble and communicate with team members and clients about what they really mean.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LEED Green Associate
  • LU/HSW

LEED version: v4

Published on: June 04, 2014

Average: 3.9 (29 votes)


This course will review the major changes to the LEED BD+C rating system. It will cover the most important revisions within each of the categories for concern and can compare the LEED 2009 credit to the LEED v4 credits. The trainings covers new credits and prerequisites in more depth review the credit intents, requirements and documentation. The intent is to provide a general overview so that attendees will be better able to address LEED v4 with their clients and colleagues.

The presentation is intended for those who work with LEED, architects engineers, owners, facility managers and who want to be prepared for the changes. It assumes that attendees have some knowledge of LEED v2009 credits and prerequisites

As part of this course, download and review the copy of the LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction Checklist in the Additional Resources section. Use it for reference during the presentation and for any of your own planning notes.

Another resource available is the USGBC document Summary of Changes – LEED v2009 to LEED v4 BD+C available for download here.


  1. Explain the recent changes in structure and content to the LEED v4 rating system to their clients and colleagues in order to create more energy efficient and healthy buildings.
  2. Identify the significant changes to credits, requirements and thresholds
  3. Evaluate the impacts of building materials using Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) forms.
  4. Understand the impact of building design to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with construction and operating a building through site selection criteria, refrigerant management and low energy use buildings
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Green Building Services, Inc.
Portland, OR
United States


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Principal, AIA, Green Building Services, Inc.
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Purchaser, Consigli Construction Company

Good content

Vice President of Project Operations, Gafcon, Inc.

The quality of the course could be better.

Design Principal, Amass design LLC


Architect OAA OAQ MRAIC , Larocque Elder Architects Architectes Inc.

A great overview of the differences between LEED v3 and LEED v4.

Project Architect, AECOM

Good overview and good presentation. Many of these presentations can be presented so poorly they are a drudgery to hear. Richard did an excellent job presenting.

Principal, Dunn Architecture Studio

Great material but the sound cuts out in the video file at the 7 minute mark (even in the download). I ended up reading this one.

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

I'm sorry to hear about your technical difficulties. I was unable to recreate your error at the 7 minute mark but, have let our educational team know. Perhaps trying a different browser will help or clearing your cache? Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions, Latin America, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Very Good Course!

Project Architect, PERKINS+WILL

nice overview of changes

The Folinus Collaborative

could have benefitted from examples or better graphics


Good description of the new requirements of LEED v4.

Gordon & Greenberg Architects

It's an excellent overview of LEED Version 4.


Good update on the changes in LEED v4.


Good update on the changes in LEED v4.

Chelsea Department of Planning & Development


Lead Project Manager, Paradigm Construction


Principal, YES Engineering Inc.

very good

Principal, YES Engineering Inc.

very good

Director - Analytics, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

Good choice for overview before more detailed sessions on individual sections.

Engineer, Lendlease

Good learning materials in Occupant Engagement in Building area, especially surprised by the data of high energy use of Plug loads

Capital Improvement Program Officer, Prince George's County Public Schools

Good update

Project Manager, Business Professional

Compelling presentation, very helpful!
I'm renewing my Greenbuilding credentials and this course approach kept me interested from the beginning to the end, it exceeded my expectations about the simple and clear way it is delivered; great presenter.

Commissioning Engineer

The presentation worked well for me. I liked the format of showing similarities and differences between v3 and v4.

LEED Coordinator, Northern Arizona University

The current video cuts off after 6 minutes. There is no audio or visual depicting the remainder of the presentation. I am having this problem with the downloaded version and while streaming the video.

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

Hi Megan,

I'm so sorry you experienced difficulties with the video. I just made a correction to the file - can you try again and let me know if you are able to view the entire video?


Soderstrom Architects LTD

Hi, I am having the same issue with the video on line and downloaded

Senior Architectural Project Manager, HFSC4

This course, although informative, was badly edited and presented. The presenter may want to revise (cut-off mid-sentence, mis-spellings, fumbling around).

Principal, AIA, , Green Building Services, Inc.

Thank you for your comment and recommendations. When my schedule allows, I can try to update these technical audio concerns.

Engineer, Korea And Middle East Tr Manufacturing

It's a good summary,thanks for your effort.

Principal, AIA, , Green Building Services, Inc.

I'm glad to hear our course was helpful.

Sr. Technologist - Energy Management, Ramboll

Thank you, nice summary

Principal, AIA, , Green Building Services, Inc.

Thank you for taking our course!

Principal Architect and Planner, Kendall Planning + Design

Helpful overview from knowledgeable professional.

Principal, AIA, , Green Building Services, Inc.

Thank you for your comments

Principal, AIA, , Green Building Services, Inc.

Thanks, I'm glad it was helpful.

Regional Sales Mgr, Carrier Corporation/United Technologies

Excellent overview of the changes between LEED 2009 and the new v4. The capability this on-line course provides to print the slides was vital for taking the quiz and future referenece. Speaker has a clear speaking voice and takes his time with each slide.
Peter Nardelli, Kidde-Fenwal, Inc (UTC BIS), LEED Green Associate

Building Engineer, William C Smith Company

great course, presenter did an excellent job making it easy to understand the changes from v3 to v4
Good job

Principal, AIA, , Green Building Services, Inc.

Thanks for the positive review

Founder and Principal, Ecoworks Studio

A great course for professionals with LEED v3 experience who want to start familiarizing themselves with what's new in LEED v4. It does an excellent job of outlining major changes in the LEED rating system as it transitions from v3 to v4, and for the amount of subject mattered covered in a limited, the level of detail is appropriate.

The presentation itself is a standard PowerPoint with voiceover, but the subject matter is well presented in a concise, easily understood format.

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

This is an excellent course in demonstrating the changes from LEED BD+C V3 to LEED BD+C V4. I would say for a professional who is familiar with LEED BD+C V3, this course can be considered as beginner b/c it did not go in depth to each new credit. Credit by credit comparison is very useful and easy to follow.
The instructor is very experienced and seasoned professional in LEED.

This will be a great big picture introduction for the changes from LEED V3 to V4 for owners, designer, and contractors.

LEED Fellow - Principal, The Spinnaker Group

This is a great course for those looking for a good solid overview of LEED BD&C version 4. It covers the major changes of the rating system and compares it to LEED version 3.
As it is an overview, it would not be applicable to someone who is studying for the new LEED AP exam as it does not delve deeply into each credit.

The instructor is very knowledgeable and the presentation, while static, is very well laid out and easy to understand.

It would be a great course for those design team and construction team members who want to be aware of the changes coming or for a developer or owner who is considering using LEED Version4 today.

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