The next version of LEED
LEED v4 is the newest update to the LEED rating systems. Changes from LEED 2009 are seen in three main categories: new market sectors, increased technical rigor and streamlined services. LEED v4 raises the bar on leadership.
During LEED v4 beta testing, project teams review support tools and resources that help us make refinements. Using a pre-ballot version of LEED along with guided support from USGBC, the project teams identify challenges with proposed documentation and areas where additional education and support exist.
To learn more, contact [email protected].
Public comment is now closed. During the public comment periods, everyone is encouraged to view the most recent draft of the rating systems and provide comments on changes made since the last draft.
The consensus body is a sampling of USGBC members that vote on the passage of LEED v4. It is structured to be both balanced and diverse.
Any USGBC member who wants to vote on LEED v4 must first join the consensus body.
The ballot period gives our members the opportunity to vote on technical changes to LEED. Ballot expresses the sentiment of our members and is necessary before improvements can be made to the rating systems.
In order to participate in ballot, you must:
Be sure that your company membership will be in good standing (by March 1, 2013) and maintains good standing throughout the ballot period.
Join the consensus body during the opt-in period (April 1-30, 2013).
Vote during the ballot period (Summer 2013).
To see the latest version and comment on the specific credit, select the credit name that is of interest to you. You can then choose a rating system. While there, please be sure to submit your comment about the proposed change to that credit.
There are 23 credits in which substantive changes are proposed.
|Credit name||Select a rating system family|
|Sensitive Land Protection||BD&C|
|Site Development - Protect or Restore Habitat||BD&C EB:O&M|
|Heat Island Reduction||EB:O&M|
|Cooling Tower Water Use||EB:O&M|
|Indoor Water Use (prerequisite)||EB:O&M|
|Optimize Energy Performance||EB:O&M|
|Minimum Energy Performance (prerequisite)||ID&C|
|Optimize Energy Performance||ID&C|
|Environmental Product Declarations||BD&C ID&C|
|Sourcing of Raw Materials||BD&C ID&C|
|Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy (prerequisite)||EB:O&M|
|Material Ingredients||BD&C ID&C|
|Material Efficient Framing||HOMES|
|Environmentally Preferable Products||HOMES|
|Green Cleaning - Equipment||EB:O&M|
|Interior Lighting||BD&C ID&C EB:O&M|
|IAQ Assessment||BD&C ID&C|
|Purchasing - Ongoing||EB:O&M|
|Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation||EB:O&M|
|Solid Waste Management - Ongoing||EB:O&M|
|Furniture and Medical Furnishings||BD&C|
LEED v4 Improvements
New market sectors
We are adding new market sectors: data centers, warehouses and distribution centers, hospitality facilities (such as hotels), existing schools and existing retail, and mid-rise residential.
Focus on performance
To increase the technical rigor of LEED, we are revising credit weightings, adding new credits focused on integrative design, adding a life cycle approach to materials and placing an increased emphasis on measurement and performance.
Streamlined services for LEED users
We are working to improve your experience with the LEED Online platform by making it more intuitive and by providing tools to make the LEED documentation process more efficient.