Five things you need to know about LEED v4

From: 5 Things You Need To Know About LEED v4, FacilitiesNet

LEED v4 is almost ready for its long-awaited close-up. On Oct. 31, 2016, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will officially stop taking registrations for LEED 2009 — it’s longest-running and, by square footage certified, most successful rating system. But all good things must come to an end, and as LEED v4 steps into the forefront, USGBC hopes the new, more rigorous rating system will see equal success, especially regarding the Operations and Maintenance version of the rating system, which, for the last several years, has been used to certified more square footage than its New Construction counterpart…

As a bit of background, LEED v4 was first released in November 2013, with a sunset date for LEED 2009 originally scheduled for June 2015. But due to feedback from the industry, in late 2014, USGBC announced its decision to delay the LEED 2009 sunset until this fall. So if facility managers have considered a LEED Operations and Maintenance certification initiative, or have previously certified under 2009 (or an early earlier version of the rating system) and are interested in re-certifying, now is the time to become familiar with some of the changes in LEED v4. Here is what you need to know.

  • 1. Rigor, Rigor — As with each update to the rating system, LEED v4 is demonstrably more rigorous than its predecessors…
  • 2. New Credit Structure Establishes Policy, Encourages Performance — One of the biggest changes in LEED v4 O+M is the revamping of many credits…
  • 3. Evolution of Product Selection — The Materials and Resources section of LEED v4 O+M has been given a massive overhaul…
  • 4. Pilot Credits Jumpstart Innovation — The Pilot Credit library is a collection of optional credits users can choose to try, and get points toward certification…
  • 5. Recertification For Long-Term Performance — One of the most acute challenges with the LEED O+M rating system, which continues with LEED v4, is making sure high-performance goals don’t stop at certification…

[Admin: This post is related to the 05.23.16 post about the LEED v4 Energy Jumpstart pilot credit.]

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