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The first updates to LEED v4, LEED v4.1 for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M), have been released in beta. Focused
on existing buildings, the updates will track performance in energy,
water, waste, transportation, indoor air quality, maintaining a toxin-
free environment, and occupant satisfaction.
LEED v4.1, first announced at Greenbuild 2017, is the first
update in four years to the most widely used and rigorous rating
system in the world for green buildings.
“USGBC introduced LEED v4.1 as a series of upgrades that
will improve our standards, encourage leadership, and make
our platform more user-friendly, more accessible, and—most
importantly—more collaborative than ever before,” explained
Melissa Baker, senior vice president of USGBC.
The goals of the update are to:
• Address market barriers and lessons learned from
LEED v4 project teams
• Update performance thresholds and reference standards
to ensure LEED remains the global leadership standard
for green buildings
• Expand the marketplace for LEED
• Improve performance throughout the life of buildings,
reward leaders based on their performance, and
incorporate performance reporting to enable building
owners to track progress toward environmental, social,
and governance goals
The update comes from nine months of review. “We have been
out there listening and learning, looking at what works and what
doesn’t,” Baker said. “Regions and markets move at different
paces, and we want to be sure we can meet the needs of everyone
in the green building community.”
This update represents a more agile development process so
USGBC is faster to market. “The feedback has been positive and
our community seems eager to test the rating system in the beta
and to participate in the evolution of LEED,” Baker noted.
USGBC will follow its existing governance and present LEED v4.1
for public comment followed by a member ballot. Project teams will
test the rating system while LEED v4 remains open for use.
For LEED v4.1 O+M, USGBC has worked to tell how a building
is performing. The rating system is focused on key technical areas
such as water, energy, carbon emissions, and human health that
owners are interested in evaluating and improving.
“It’s critical for owners and managers of large buildings to
understand in a concrete way how their buildings are performing
LEED Releases Updates for
LEED v4.1 O+M, now in beta, focuses on building performance.