Melissa Baker

LEED v4.1 will use the existing credit requirements as a foundation for new strategies and technologies.

Growing and changing to meet the demands of the marketplace and capitalizing on new technologies, ideas and products has always been intrinsic to the character of LEED. Continuous improvement keeps the rating system dynamic in a world that is constantly evolving.

LEED v4 has transformed the market through the leadership of project teams working in more than 3,000 projects around the world. In order to stay agile and keep LEED as the premier global green building rating system, we are prepared to again move the market forward by making changes that reflect the lessons learned in the four years since LEED v4 was first released.

At Greenbuild 2017 in Boston, we will talk about what’s next for LEED: LEED v4.1.

What LEED v4.1 is and what it isn’t

LEED v4.1 will provide new opportunities for every project type including Building Design and Construction, Operations and Maintenance, Interior Design and Construction, Neighborhood Development, Residential and Cities and Communities. This is not, however, a full version change to the LEED rating systems. Instead, it is the next evolution for the rating system, using the existing credit requirements as a foundation. We will use new strategies and technologies to provide projects with new options to meet the requirements and shift priorities to present new ways to achieve the existing credit intents.

USGBC will follow its existing governance and present LEED v4.1 for public comment, followed by a member ballot in 2018. We will also allow project teams to test the rating system while LEED v4 remains open for use, to create a streamlined experience for project teams.

LEED v4.1 will integrate and raise performance across the board. Arc is now fully available as a platform to support projects as they track energy, water, waste transportation and human experience.

For existing buildings, LEED v4.1 will be new, improved and agile to make it easier for every type of existing building to get LEED certified or be in a path to LEED certification.

LEED v4.1 is a critical step in ensuring that we continue to deliver on the vision of green buildings for all. It also means that as we work toward this goal, we are paying close attention to ensuring that these buildings perform, and that they fulfill the promise of their design.

This new version will include years of market feedback, lessons learned through project certifications and investments in new technologies. This is what innovation looks like. This is agility and evolution.

Join us in Boston to learn more at "All Buildings and Places In: Data, Performance, LEED and the Ever-evolving Built Environment" on Wed., November 8, from 4–6 p.m.

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