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At Greenbuild Boston, you can learn more about LEED v4 energy-saving credits.

The current worldwide mix of energy resources is weighted heavily toward oil, coal and natural gas. However, In addition to emitting greenhouse gases, these resources are also nonrenewable: Their quantities are limited, or they cannot be replaced as fast as they are consumed. When it comes to energy use, buildings play a very large role—approximately 40 percent of the total energy used in the United States.

Starting with a focus on reducing energy demand through guidance related to energy usage and efficiency, and then also rewarding renewables, LEED v4 raises the bar on energy and offers new solutions for achieving goals.

LEED saves energy

Within the Energy and Atmosphere section, teams will find:

  • With 30 percent of all points allocated to building energy efficiency, LEED has an increased emphasis on energy and the associated impacts.
  • Emphasis on enhanced building commissioning for greater energy and operational performance.
  • Benefits of smart grid thinking through an option that rewards projects for participating in demand response programs.

The LEED Building Design and Construction energy credits and prerequisites include:

  • Prerequisite: Fundamental commissioning and verification
  • Prerequisite: Minimum energy performance
  • Prerequisite: Building-level energy metering
  • Prerequisite: Fundamental refrigerant management
  • Credit (up to 6 points): Enhanced commissioning
  • Credit (up to 18 points): Optimize energy performance
  • Credit (1 point): Advanced energy metering
  • Credit (2 points): Demand response
  • Credit (up to 3 points): Renewable energy production
  • Credit (1 point): Enhanced refrigerant management
  • Credit (up to 2 points): Green power and carbon offsets

The LEED Operations and Maintenance materials credits and prerequisites include:

  • Prerequisite: Energy efficiency best management practices
  • Prerequisite: Minimum energy performance
  • Prerequisite: Building-level energy metering
  • Prerequisite: Fundamental refrigerant management
  • Credit (2 points): Existing building commissioning—analysis
  • Credit (2 points): Existing building commissioning—implementation
  • Credit (3 points): Ongoing commissioning
  • Credit (up to 20 points): Optimize energy performance
  • Credit (2 points): Advanced energy metering
  • Credit (up to 3 points): Demand response
  • Credit (up to 5 points): Renewable energy and carbon offsets
  • Credit (1 points): Enhanced refrigerant management

Join USGBC at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston, India and China, to learn more about LEED and energy. In addition to education sessions, Greenbuild in Boston and India will feature expo halls where attendees can interact with the newest and most innovative products the market has to offer.

The Boston Greenbuild event will also include a special session on LEED v4 and how it addresses energy:

Course: Energy in LEED Today and Tomorrow

Thurs., November 9 from 9–10 a.m.

Discussions about the water-energy nexus have reignited conversations about energy impacts and consumption. During this session, we will delve into how LEED addresses energy today through LEED v4 and through pilot credits. Presenters will use real-world examples to show how unique building and space types have successfully implemented and documented their energy impacts and performance.

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