Get ready for LEED v4 with our user guide
Get your LEED v4 questions answered with our User Guide.
As of Oct. 31, 2016, LEED v4 will be the only version of LEED in which to register your new project. Need to brush up on what's different about this enhanced version of LEED?
The LEED v4 User Guide 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.
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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v3 - LEED 2009
Integrative Process for Health Promotion
IPpc108 | Possible 1 point
To support high-performance, cost-effective and health-promoting project outcomes through an early analysis of the interrelationships among building systems. To facilitate a systematic consideration of the impact that project design and construction has on health and well-being (including physical, mental and social impacts).
Beginning in pre-design and continuing throughout the design phases, identify and use opportunities to achieve synergies that promote health across disciplines and building systems. Partner with a public health professional to use the analyses described below to inform the owner’s project requirements (OPR), basis of design (BOD), design documents, and construction documents. Document how this analysis informed design and building form decisions, including modifications that were made in response to the findings and recommended strategies that were identified
Perform a preliminary analysis before the completion of schematic design that explores how to promote health (physical, mental and social well-being) and accomplish related sustainability goals by questioning default assumptions. Identify the community that will be impacted by the project and conduct research to characterize critical health issues and existing environmental health hazards affecting the community (including social, environmental and economic factors that impact health). During this analysis, consider the disparate impact that project design and construction could have on vulnerable community members. Engage public health professionals and community stakeholders to discover how this project could address community health needs and reduce any existing health inequities.
In collaboration with community stakeholders and a public health professional, identify, select and implement achievable strategies to address existing health needs and minimize project features that could present risks to health. Consider strategies at multiple scales across green building practice including site selection, landscape design, and interior design, and keep in mind that such strategies might be found in existing LEED credits. To the extent possible, consider linkages between the project’s design and operations particularly as it relates to potential health and wellness programming. Prioritize strategies based on research gathered during the discovery phase and document how the discovery phase informed the project’s OPR and BOD and the eventual design of the project. Collaborate with a public health professional to develop a monitoring plan with performance metrics to evaluate the project’s impact on health throughout the project life cycle (design, construction and operations).
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Creation of this pilot credit was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the U.S. Green Building Council. The pilot credit was developed in partnership with the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of RWJF and The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Enterprise Green Communities. This pilot credit is aligned with criterion 1.2B in the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.
For technical assistance related to this pilot credit, please contact greenhealthpartnership.org.
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Take advantage of equivalent credits between SITES and LEED
Certain LEED and SITES credits may be applied reciprocally.
If you’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. We want to help by simplifying your certification experience at the intersection of these two rating systems. For that reason, we’ve released a list of credit substitutions so that similar credits need only be earned in one rating system—not both!