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LEED v4 Launched at Greenbuild

The USGBC, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable and green building design, has launched the newest version of LEED at Greenbuild 2013.

The U.S. Green Building Council launched LEED v4, the newest version of the LEED green building program, at the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia.

"LEED v4 is a quantum leap for LEED," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "Over the past 15 years, LEED has fundamentally revolutionized how we design, construct, operate and maintain our buildings and communities. LEED has created a completely new industry of business enterprise committed to energy savings and efficiency. LEED v4 is as much a testament to the achievements of LEED project teams around the world as it is to the green building community's ambition to create significant global and local change through resource-efficient, cost-effective green buildings."

Thus far, 122 projects around the world are using the new LEED system, which encourages the global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices.

Highlights of LEED v4 include:
• New market sectors: New market sector adaptations for LEED include data centers, warehouses and distribution centers, hospitality, existing schools, existing retail and mid-rise residential projects.

• Time saving support tools and resources: Simplified LEED credit submittal requirements, descriptive step-by-step reference guide materials with videos and tutorials, and a more intuitive technology platform.

• Building performance management: LEED v4 is focused on outcomes so that building owners have a better understanding of how to manage their buildings to meet full performance potential.

• New impact categories: Climate change, human health, water resources, biodiversity, green economy, community and natural resources.

The first LEED v4 project certifications were recognized at Greenbuild 2013 Philadelphia, including the Haworth Beijing Organic Showroom (LEED v4 Gold), 1800 K St. in Washington, D.C. (LEED v4 Silver), as well as three core and shell projects that earned LEED precertification: University Place in Philadelphia, 10 Emery St. in Bethlehem, Pa., and Capitol Tower Complex.

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