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The Badger’s Top 5 LEED Construction Posts of 2019

We’ve had a busy year at Green Badger trying to provide you with educational (and entertaining) content to help you and your teams succeed at LEED. Here are our top 5 blog posts from the past year according to you, our Green Badger friends and family.

What content did you find most useful from us in 2019 and what do you want to see from Green Badger in 2020? Let us know in the comments – and happy new year!

1. Introducing the LEED v4.1 Update

USGBC recently released a long overdue update to LEED version 4, aptly titled LEED v4.1 (though maybe we all have very high hopes up for v4.20?) and it has some pretty beneficial changes for project teams. While they updated a number of design credits, if you know the Badger, you know all we care about are those pesky construction credits, which typically fall into Materials, Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality.

This is the first of many posts from the Badger detailing the changes from 4.0 to 4.1, and most importantly – what it means for those of you neck deep in LEED paperwork on your project.

2. LEED v4.1 Update for Low Emitting Materials

For all you deviants who enjoyed huffing glue back in high school, you may not want to read on, because we are focused on low-emitting materials. There’s lots of categories, and for the most part, the changes for v4.1 look to make this credit SUBSTANTIALLY more achievable. So much so, it had to be typed in all caps AND bold AND italics! You now have an actual real opportunity to earn 2 or dare I say, 3 points here! Let’s find out how!

3. Construction Waste Management – LEED v3 vs v4

Since LEED v4 will be the new reality, the Badger is taking some time to help detail what the new requirements are on the construction side of things, and how that will begin to impact general contractors and project teams, and we’re starting with construction waste.

Construction waste management is one of the most achieved credits in LEED v3. With diversion thresholds of 50 and 75%, two points are pretty realistic for most project teams. To earn the credit, project teams just needed to have a construction waste management plan in place that detailed who is responsible to tracking, who the waste hauler might be (if it was known) and what materials might be recycled or diverted. 

Green Badger's list of LEED certified breweries in the US. Smuttynose Brewery image.

4. LEED Certified Breweries in the U.S.

If there’s one thing you need to know about Green Badger, its that we love a frosty brew for almost any reason – especially if it occurs during times that used to be dedicated to slogging through LEED paperwork. While we love all kinds of beer, when we travel we drink local.

And even more than local brews, we love breweries that incorporate sustainability into their ethos and operations. Below you’ll find our initial compilation of sustainable breweries from across the country. If we missed any, please let us know!

5. LEED v4.1 Update for Environmental Product Declarations, Option 1

On the surface, Option 1 for Environmental Product Declarations doesn’t look like it changes too much, which, since this credit was readily achievable for many projects in v 4.0, may be a good thing. In fact it looks even easier at a casual read, especially easier for Core and Shell projects, which were challenged with limited interior fitout opportunities.

However, the devil is in the details.

What content did you find most useful from 2019 and what do you want to see from Green Badger in 2020? Let us know in the comments – and happy new year!

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