The next step for LEED is LEED v4.1
LEED is the world’s rating system for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. For the last 18 years, the various versions of LEED have pushed the global green building market forward progressively, with more than 93,000 registered and certified projects and a total of 19.3 billion square feet of space used worldwide.
In a world that is constantly evolving, one of the hallmarks of LEED is “continuous improvement.” With each new version, LEED raises the bar to increase the impact on our built environment. USGBC has also been working to ensure that LEED not only meets different markets where they are, but also that the rating system accelerates the speed with which the market moves.
After the widespread success of LEED 2009, we wanted to raise the bar on the market. As green builders, it’s not just our job to be efficient with our construction and design, but to give the environment more than we receive. Today, LEED v4 is the most rigorous green building rating system in the world. From improving energy performance to emphasizing human health and integrative building design, LEED is encouraging project teams to operate beyond the status quo.
Enter LEED v4.1: LEED v4.1 is not a full version change, but rather an incremental update to the LEED rating systems. LEED v4.1 will be our most inclusive and transparent platform to date. That’s because our most important requirement for adoption will come from our most valuable resource of all—you!
LEED v4.1 is bigger, stronger, bolder:
- Bigger: LEED v4.1 is for all – it is more inclusive and allows projects to earn LEED points through building performance monitoring via the Arc platform.
- Stronger: LEED v4.1 continues to drive performance. In fact, performance outcomes are fully integrated into LEED v4.1 so that you can measure performance on an ongoing basis.
- Bolder: Lessons learned from those in the market using LEED v4 and over the last twenty years have led us to take a deeper look at existing buildings, residential projects and cities to develop unique solutions that address unique markets.
LEED v4.1 will deliver:
- New methodologies for measuring building performance by working with and supporting projects to track energy, water, waste, transportation and indoor environmental quality
- A simple, data-driven path to LEED certification for existing buildings, making it accessible to more projects than any other version of the rating system
- Updated referenced standards and performance requirements to ensure that LEED remains the global leader in green building
Be part of LEED v4.1’s development
As a new feature of LEED development, USGBC is opening a call for ideas for the LEED rating systems. The call for proposals is currently open. Learn about the LEED development process.
- Proposals shall be expressed in terms of actual edits to the existing LEED language using tools provided by USGBC. Multiple proposals for change from the same person/organization for each LEED credit are permitted.
- Proposals for change must be specific.
- The rationale and technical justification for each proposal for change must be provided and must be technical in nature.