In a world that is constantly evolving, one of the hallmarks of LEED is “continuous improvement.” With each new version, LEED raises the bar to increase the impact on our built environment. From improving energy performance to emphasizing human health and integrative building design, LEED is encouraging project teams to operate beyond the status quo.
LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities beta
In December 2018, USGBC released the draft LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities beta. The draft is now available to download and includes the following updates:
- Integration of the high-performance metrics from the successful LEED for Cities pilot, time-tested standards from the STAR Community Rating System, and elements of key GBCI green energy and infrastructure rating systems, like PEER and SITES.
- A triple-bottom-line approach with scaleable metrics that work for neighborhood developments and sustainable districts, all the way through the city, county and regional levels.
- Flexible pathways to measure and advance local progress, including performance standards and proven strategies for improvement.
- Offerings for the planning and design of new cities and communities, as well as recognition for performance in existing cities and communities.
- Greater focus on improved social equity and quality of life.
Opportunities to learn more and provide feedback
There are several ways to connect with USGBC with your thoughts on the drafts. In addition to soliciting feedback via email, we will host a series of working sessions that delve deeper into the requirements, both in general and by category. These informal working sessions will take the form of facilitated discussions to identify both strengths and critical issues.
Each working session will be held via webinar in a "fishbowl" format. Registration is open to all who would like to listen. A panel of about 10 subject experts, representing a diversity of perspectives, will be selected to participate directly in the conversation.
The discussion will be recorded, and the insights will help inform edits to the draft. Those participants in "listen-only mode" are strongly encouraged to submit their written ideas after the session via email.
All working groups will be held from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. EST. You may register for as many as you would like.
- Monday, Jan. 14: General Overview, Credits for Integrated Planning
- Wednesday, Jan. 16: Quality of Life: Community
- Friday, Jan. 18: Quality of Life: Equity Focus
- Wednesday, Jan. 23: Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Friday, Jan. 25: Water
- Monday, Jan. 28: Transportation and Land Use
- Friday, Feb. 1: Ecology and Natural Systems
- Monday, Feb. 4: Materials and Resources