Selina Holmes

LEED v4.1 will be new, improved and agile, ensuring we deliver on the vision of green buildings for all.

At Greenbuild Boston, attendees learned about LEED v4.1—a critical step in the evolution of the rating system, building on lessons learned and impact areas highlighted in LEED v4. This update is being designed to ensure 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.

For existing buildings, LEED v4.1 will be new, improved and agile to make it easier for every type of existing building to achieve LEED certification or be on a path to do so.

In the first quarter of 2018, USGBC will release a draft for LEED v4.1 O+M for review. This will be followed by BD+C, ID+C, Residential and ND.

The goals of this update are to

  • Address market barriers and lessons learned from LEED v4 project teams.
  • Update performance thresholds and reference standards to ensure LEED remains the global leadership standard for green buildings.
  • Expand the marketplace for LEED.
  • Improve performance throughout the life of buildings, reward leaders based on their performance and incorporate performance reporting to enable building owners to track progress towards environmental, social and governance goals.

As a part of LEED v4.1, we plan to offer a test period for the proposed changes, so that project teams can review the changes and try them out on their projects. During this time, LEED v4 will remain open for use by all projects. Simultaneously, we will initiate the standard LEED process for public comment and ballot so that everyone can engage with the rating system and provide feedback.

Here's a breakdown of what you'll see in the draft:

Operations and Maintenance

  • Performance will be integrated, providing a clear framework for achieving LEED O+M certification with the performance score on the Arc platform.
  • Prerequisites will be streamlined for energy, water, indoor air quality and basic policies (site, purchasing and smoking).
  • International standards will be added or updated wherever appropriate.
  • Strategies will be linked to the performance indicators they improve.
  • Language will be added to LEED O+M to address interiors spaces.

Building Design and Construction

  • Requirements will be streamlined for credits including Low-Emitting Materials, Daylight and Rainwater and Heat Island Reduction.
  • Credits that have been successfully tested and implemented through the Pilot Credit Library will be integrated into LEED.
  • Credit requirements will link to the performance indicator they improve—energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience.
  • International standards will be added or updated wherever appropriate.
  • Update performance thresholds where appropriate.

Homes and Residential

  • The requirements for all projects will be streamlined—for example, projects can get involved via the update for single family homes.
  • Ways to track and report ongoing performance will be incorporated.
  • International standards will be added or updated wherever appropriate.

Neighborhood Development, Cities and Communities

LEED 4.1 is an update focused on the implementation, applicability and agility of LEED, and we are excited to share how LEED is moving forward. As a consensus-based system, it’s important that we continue to incorporate feedback from all stakeholders. We want to hear from you—please contact us with your thoughts and questions.

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