Who knew “.1” could deliver so much
In a world that is constantly evolving, one of the hallmarks of LEED is continuous improvement. With each new version, LEED raises the bar on the green building industry. From improving energy performance to emphasizing human health and integrative building design, LEED encourages project teams to operate beyond the status quo.
Enter LEED v4.1: our most inclusive and transparent platform to date.
LEED v4.1 is bigger, stronger, bolder
- Bigger: LEED v4.1 is for all – it is more inclusive with updated referenced standards and allows projects to earn LEED points through building performance monitoring.
- Stronger: LEED v4.1 continues to drive performance, fully integrating performance outcomes supported by new methodologies and a simple data-driven path to measure performance on an ongoing basis.
- Bolder: Lessons learned from those using LEED have led us to take a deeper look at existing buildings, residential projects and cities to develop solutions that address unique markets.
LEED v4.1 education is your starting point for engaging with the updated program while earning continuing education.
Questions? View one of the LEED v4.1 "Ask the Expert" sessions. These recordings of online events provide you with a direct link to LEED subject matter experts who answered questions and provided support.
View the intro videos below.
LEED v4.1 ID+C
LEED v4.1 for Interior Design and Construction includes many of the updates made in LEED v4.1 BD+C as well as several that focus on the realities of interior spaces. This rating system is for interior spaces that are a complete interior fit-out. In addition, at least 60% of the project’s gross floor area must be complete by the time of certification.
- Commercial interiors. Interior spaces dedicated to functions other than retail or hospitality.
- Retail. Interior spaces used to conduct the retail sale of consumer product goods. Includes both direct customer service areas (showroom) and preparation or storage areas that support customer service.
- Hospitality. Interior spaces dedicated to hotels, motels, inns or other businesses within the service industry that provide transitional or short-term lodging, with or without food.
- A new option within the Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control prerequisite that acknowledges potential limitations with addressing smoking in areas outside of the interior project’s control — smoking is still prohibited in the entire LEED project space
- Acknowledgment for projects located within a LEED-certified building
- Lower entry points for both the Daylight and Acoustic Performance credits to encourage more projects to consider daylight and acoustic performance during design
- Greater focus on improving indoor air quality through more approachable air testing options and use of the latest standards for ventilation
LEED v4.1 Residential
LEED v4.1 presents a new approach to residential projects, that pulls the most relevant language from the BD+C and all residential focused rating systems and merges it with the priorities of the residential market. With the release of the new multifamily options in LEED v4.1, Residential BD+C becomes the required rating system for all single family and multifamily projects. Residential projects using LEED v4.1 may not use LEED BD+C.
Part of the BD+C rating system, Residential BD+C addresses residential buildings that are new construction or major renovation. At least 60% of the project’s gross floor area must be complete by the time of certification (except for LEED Residential BD+C: Multifamily Core and Shell Homes). Must include the entire building’s gross floor area in the project.
- Single Family Homes. New single-family homes that are attached or detached, and multifamily buildings with up to four units.
- Multifamily Homes. Applicable to any predominantly multifamily building with two or more units and any number of stories.
- Multifamily Homes Core and Shell. Multifamily buildings that are new construction or major renovation for the exterior shell and core mechanical, electrical and plumbing units, but not a complete interior fit-out. It is the appropriate rating system to use if more than 40% of the gross floor area is incomplete at the time of certification.
LEED v4.1 Residential BD+C Multifamily Homes and Multifamily Homes Core and Shell are now available for registration in LEED Online for all countries except the United States and Canada. Projects in the United States and Canada can continue to use the LEED v4 rating systems available to residential projects and substitute credits from LEED v4.1 Residential.
- One single program that consolidates all residential rating systems and guidance into three categories: Single Family Homes, Multifamily Core and Shell and Multifamily
- Credits that have the highest value to consumers, such as energy and water savings; improved comfort, durability and health; and green materials are prioritized
- Options added to existing credits lower both hard and soft costs to achieve certification
- Multiple approaches for credit compliance are available as appropriate
Single family homes:
- LEED v4.1 Residential: Single Family Homes rating system
- LEED v4.1 Single Family workbook
- LEED credit library
- LEED v4.1 Residential: Multifamily Guide
- LEED v4.1 Residential: Multifamily Guide Adapted for India Guide
- LEED v4.1 Residential: Multifamily rating system
- LEED v4.1 Residential: Multifamily rating system tracked changes
- LEED v4.1 Residential: Multifamily Core and Shell Development rating system
- LEED v4.1 Residential: Multifamily Core and Shell Development rating system tracked changes
- LEED v4.1 Residential: Multifamily Core and Shell Development rating system adapted for India
- LEED v4.1 Residential: Multifamily Core and Shell Development rating system adapted for India tracked changes
- LEED v4.1 Residential: Multifamily scorecards
- LEED Credit library
LEED recertification is an important step in protecting your building asset. Recertification helps you maintain and improve your building, while keeping your sustainability investment in place. Recertification is available to all occupied and in-use projects that have previously achieved certification under LEED — including BD+C and ID+C, regardless of their initial rating system or version.
This new guidance presents a simple and data-driven pathway, reassuring projects that they are meeting ever-changing goals and staying on the cutting edge.
Once you’ve successfully competed recertification, your project will earn LEED for Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) certification under the newest available version of the rating system. Currently that is LEED v4.1.
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