LEED v4: Upgrading to the Latest Version
Beginning in June 2014, the Massachusetts School Building Authority began requiring new school projects to adopt LEED version 4 (LEED v4) as one of two options for a mandatory green-school-certification program. This was more than one year ahead of the LEED v4 required adoption date for the rest of the world.
Recognizing the importance of the moment, and viewing it as an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to designing the highest-quality educational environments possible, SMMA immediately set about becoming an expert in LEED v4 for Schools.
Our efforts involved developing a LEED v4 for Schools for presentation, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, that we ultimately delivered at the New England Sustainable Energy Association’s Building Energy 15 conference. A digital version of this presentation now lives online in the form of a webinar, and is available on demand at the USGBC's website.
LEED v4 has advanced novel concepts and standards, and has been a catalyst for discourse within the design community. The link between certain building products and adverse health impacts is now being more closely scrutinized, and there has been an increased shift toward materials transparency. By taking an early lead in understanding how these pieces will weave into the future of green-building practices, SMMA is helping others to begin their journey of learning and adoption.
We feel great responsibility to design buildings that are as eco-friendly, sustainable, and energy efficient as possible. This example is one of many that demonstrate our continued search for opportunities to adopt new technologies and methodologies that will help us fulfill those responsibilities.