LEED v4 Expands Acoustic Performance In Multiple Areas

In addition to Schools and Healthcare, LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C) v4 expands acoustic performance into several other variations of the rating system, such as New Construction, Data Centers, and Hospitality. LEED Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) v4 also includes a new EQ credit for Acoustic Performance. LEED BD+C v4 EQ Prerequisite: Minimum Acoustic Performance (Schools only). This Schools-only prerequisite …

Sustainable And Maintainable: Achieving Two Goals

Sustainability has become a top priority within institutional and commercial facilities in the last decade. Architects and consulting engineers continuously strive to reduce buildings’ energy use in order to conserve valuable natural resources and reduce air pollution. But using unproven building materials and systems to achieve these goals can create long-term issues for maintenance and engineering managers and their departments, …

5 of the Most Important Changes to the LEED Green Building Rating System

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification has come a long way in more than a decade. Once criticized for lacking in mandatory energy efficiency prerequisites, the latest iteration, version 4, takes energy management one step further. Greentech Media spoke to Brendan Owens, vice president of LEED technical development, about five updates in LEED v4 that energy geeks will want to …

LEED V4 Has Indoor And Outdoor Environment Elements, Simplified Recertification

LEED V4 Has Indoor And Outdoor Environment Elements, Simplified Recertification: By Brendan Owens Two areas of LEED v4 facility managers should be aware of are the indoor and outdoor environmental credits, as well as the simplified recertification. The Indoor Environmental Quality credit category focuses on four areas of performance: air, light, sound, and occupant experience. Credits for interior lighting, daylight, and …

LEED V4 Changes Are Focused On Performance

LEED V4 Changes Are Focused On Performance: By Brendan Owens One of the fundamental aspects of the LEED green building rating system is change — to keep up with advances in green building science and technology, the system evolves to continue to function as a leadership standard. LEED v4, passed by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) member ballot in July 2013, …

Newest Version of LEED Rating System to Launch in November

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) membership voted during the summer of 2013 to adopt the fourth version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4), the next update to the green building rating system. The final overall vote was 86 percent in favor of adopting LEED v4. This includes 90 percent approval from the user category of the voting …