US Green Building Council Launches LEED v4.1
The newest version of the LEED building program is now up and running for cities, communities and homes, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.
The LEED v4.1 certification recognizes leadership by emphasizing not only integrated design, social equity and human health factors, it also looks at performance monitoring.
“LEED v4.1 makes LEED the first green performance standard for buildings, communities and cities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, the USGBC.
USGBC launches #LEED v4.1 for City, Community and Residential projects! The newest version of the LEED rating system raises the bar for sustainable housing and cities. Learn more: https://t.co/yqlGgNvS5T pic.twitter.com/pPdyT3LV8x— USGBC (@USGBC) April 2, 2019
“It is the most comprehensive, collaborative, accessible and effective LEED system to date. This newest release complements the full suite of LEED v4.1 rating systems that are available today. We are excited and optimistic for the future as we continuously work to ensure that LEED is not only the de facto leadership standard but also a living standard.”
For the residential market, LEED v4.1 combines aspects from four previously existing LEED homes rating systems—LEED for Low-Rise Homes, LEED for Mid-Rise Homes, LEED for Core and Shell and LEED for New Construction—to deliver three revamped rating systems, which include LEED v4.1 Residential: New Single-family Homes, LEED v4.1 Residential: New Multifamily Homes and LEED v4.1 New Multifamily Homes Core and Shell.
According to the Council, the updated rating system is designed to make the decision to implement LEED easier for residential projects. Now, LEED credits that have a higher value to home owners and residents are prioritized, such as health and well-being improved comfort, energy and water savings, green and healthy materials. Options have also been added to existing LEED credits that lower both hard and soft costs to achieve certification.
“And recognizing the unique circumstances of international projects, LEED v4.1 Residential is also now more applicable to international projects, which we envision as a key growth area for residential in the future,” the USGBC said. “The updated rating system is further localized to meet the unique needs of different markets.”
For the LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities rating systems, LEED v4.1 expands on the earlier performance-based approach to deliver a framework to support plan, design, operation and performance management phases of both new and existing cities and communities.
The rating systems align with all the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and incorporate practices from other systems, such as the previously integrated STAR Community Rating System, and the PEER, TRUE, EDGE and SITES programs.
More than 90 cities and communities around the world, representing more than 1 billion people, are LEED certified based on several factors, including water efficiency, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, materials and resources, quality of life, innovation and regional priorities.
The Council notes that new rating system materials are online now.