LEED v4.1 Update

USGBC recently released a long overdue update to LEED version 4, aptly titled LEED v4.1, 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. Here are some educational posts from the Badger detailing the changes from v4.0 to v4.1, and most importantly – what it means for those of you neck deep in LEED paperwork on your project.

A couple of notes to start:

  • These are all Green Badger’s opinions and interpretations.
  • If you haven’t looked through the v4.1 beta guide from USGBC – download it now! That’s where the real meat and potatoes of the change details are actually listed.
  • As always with USGBC, these may change at any time as 4.1 goes through the pilot.

Part 1: Introducing the LEED v4.1 Update

A high level overview of changes to construction related credits in the new LEED v4.1 update.

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Part 2: LEED v4.1 EPDs, Option 1

On the surface, Option 1 for Environmental Product Declarations doesn’t look like it changes much, but the devil is in the details.

Learn more.

Part 3: LEED v4.1 SRM & MIR

Now that you’ve got your EPDs down, we’re moving on to the v4.1 updates for Sourcing of Raw Materials and Material Ingredient Reporting.

Learn more.

Part 4: LEED v4.1 Low Emitting Materials

The changes for v4.1 look to make this credit substantially more achievable. You now have an actual real opportunity to earn 2 or dare I say, 3 points here!

Find out how.

Part 5: LEED v4.1 Construction Waste Management

Recycling gets more rewarding! Besides that warm feeling you get from doing the right thing, LEED v4.1 now makes it much easier to earn points when you are doing what almost every urban project does – use commingled recycling.

Learn more.


Stay tuned for more LEED v4.1 updates from The Badger.