I’ve had the good fortune of meeting with a lot of our member companies this summer at a series of leadership receptions around the country. At these events, I’ve had the opportunity to give everyone a quick update on all the work we have going on; actually quick is probably the wrong word – it takes quite a few minutes to simply touch on all the amazing things happening at USGBC.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque
At these events, we get a lot of questions for more information about the various things I mention, but clearly the star of the show has been the LEED Dynamic Plaque.
If you’ve been to the USGBC headquarters in Washington, D.C., recently, you know that we’ve decked out our entryway with the first one. It’s a source of inspiration and education to everyone who comes into our offices: a high-design focal point at which to marvel and also a powerful summary of the performance of our office space based on frequent measured data.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a building performance monitoring and scoring platform. It keeps tabs on how an entire building or even just your offices are doing in terms of energy use, water use, waste reduction, transportation impacts of your colleagues and also their view of the human experience while inside the space.
When new data enters the system, it automatically generates an up-to-the minute LEED performance score tied to the familiar LEED certification levels (Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum), so that at that moment in time, you know exactly how your space is performing. Is your building’s water usage down this week? Are your employees feeling some discomfort indoors today thanks to that summer heat wave? You’ll see it on the plaque. How cool is that?
The plaque in action
Our USGBC HQ space is certified LEED Platinum for Commercial Interiors. But when the LEED Dynamic Plaque clocks us in at Gold, we take immediate action. Is it our energy performance that’s not up to par? Have we had too many people driving instead of taking the metro? Or, as happened a couple weeks back, have we gotten sloppy with our composting? Once we know what the issue is, we make immediate, meaningful changes to boost our performance back to where it belongs.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque showed us that our annual energy consumption decreased by 30% over last year, which we know resulted in approximately $40,000 in savings. And we occupy just two floors. If your organization is in an office building of 20 floors, just imagine the savings potential.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque also lets me know that 85% of my staff is pretty darn happy with the state of our space. Through the simple electronic survey that’s part of how we get to our Human Experience score, we also know that we need to adjust the heating and cooling in our space a bit to make things comfortable for everyone. Especially in the throes of DC’s notorious summers.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a mark of leadership and the wave of the future. Similar to the way LEED undeniably changed the face of the modern design and construction markets, so too will the LEED Dynamic Plaque change the way we think about building performance from now on!
We are proud to debut this incredible technology, both in our own lobby and to the world at large.
Want to see it in action? Visit leedon.io to join us for our next demo.
This is the first giant step in building performance with a whole lot more to come! Buckle up folks, it’s going to be an awesome ride!