Sustainability ENews Vol 9 #23 LEED v41

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Sustainability E-News

LEED v4.1 Update

December 15, 2017                                    

Volume 9, Number 23




From the Editor

As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect back on the year. It is been a year full of challenges from water (several damaging hurricanes) and fire (wildfires throughout much of the West) that have spurred conversations around resilient design and construction. The first article below features news on a new standard for resilient design, RELi, developed by the architectural firm Perkins+Will. We know that masonry can play an essential role in such sustainable designs, and we hope that over the course of the year we have helped to keep you informed on these and related topics.

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Christine "Tina" Subasic, PE, LEED AP


NOTE: Inclusion in this newsletter is not an endorsement of the products and materials featured, nor have these products been evaluated by TMS or the editor. Furthermore, the views expressed in the articles featured are those of the article authors.



The RELi standard for resilient building design and construction developed by the architectural firm Perkins+Will got a big endorsement recently when USGBC moved to bring it under its umbrella of green building standards. Though the article below implies RELi will be part of LEED (and it may become that) it will operate under the USGBC and GBCI umbrella, more in line with the other independent green standards, such as the WELL Building Standard. ~Tina

 USGBC Adopts Perkins+Will Resiliency Standard for LEED


The U.S. Green Building Council has adopted a national construction resilience standard developed by the Minneapolis office of architecture firm Perkins + Will. The standard, called RELi, will be incorporated into the LEED program. RELi is a point-based system in which buildings gain recognition and certification through hazard preparedness, disaster recovery, crisis communications, resilient food production, health promotion, energy efficiency, water-use reduction and other practices. Read more here. 


According to the Green Building Law Update blog featured below, the largest number of changes in LEED v4.1 will be in the Materials and Resources category. This is largely due to several credits that have only been achieved by a few projects or in some cases, not at all. While details are limited at this time, USGBC will follow its existing governance and present LEED v4.1 for public comment, followed by a member ballot in 2018. ~Tina

USGBC to Update LEED v4


Growing and changing to meet the demands of the marketplace and capitalizing on new technologies, ideas and products have always been intrinsic to the character of LEED. Continuous improvement keeps the rating system dynamic in a world that is constantly evolving. LEED v4.1 will use the existing credit requirements as a foundation for new strategies and technologies. LEED v4.1 will use new strategies and technologies to provide projects with new options to meet the requirements and shift priorities to present new ways to achieve the existing credit intents. Read more here.

LEED v4.1 Announced by USGBC


The announcement of the upcoming release of the new LEED version 4.1 by the U.S. Green Building Council was no doubt the biggest story at Greenbuild 2017. That LEED v4, originally released as LEED 2012, is growing and changing in response to the marketplace is widely heralded as a very good and necessary thing. There is much that is not known because many decisions about LEED v4.1 are yet to be made and nothing has yet been released in writing, but this blog post is based upon the best information that could be gleaned from USGBC staffers.

Greenbuild 2018 Call for Proposals Now Open

Submit a session proposal for Greenbuild 2018. Greenbuild will offer two new session proposal types in the 2018 Call for Proposals: 1) Expert-Level Sessions - An Expert-Level course presents detailed training on specific topics and demonstrates a mastery of content. 2) Immersive and Experiential Learning - Proposals submitted to the Immersive and Experiential track offer immersive learning experiences, including elements such as technology, deep reflection, play-based learning and active participation. The deadline to submit is Friday, January 5 at 5 p.m. EST.


As mentioned many times in this newsletter, data is essential to making informed decisions. In the case of businesses, you can't improve what you don't measure, as the articles below point out. ~Tina

Sustainability Reporting is Important Part of Tetra Pak's Business


It's in the long-term interest of businesses to regularly report the effects they have on the environment, according to Tetra Pak's Mario Abreu inthis article. Tetra Pak has been releasing environmental impact reports since 1999 and uses its continual data gathering and assessment to improve business practices.

Companies Must Measure "Triple Bottom Line" to Achieve Sustainable Operations


Most companies measure their bottom line as economic capital, but that doesn't accurately reflect the organization's environmental and social capital. The answer is a multicapital scorecard: an accurate measure of a business' impact on the three vectors of capital so that the business can be held accountable for its real-world costs of operating. Read more.

Tracking Progress Essential to Meeting Sustainability Goals


For sustainability initiatives to have impact and create value, companies must make sure they focus on the right outcomes, according to this article. The report recommends companies team with internal and external experts, choose the right metrics to measure progress, and be open to different paths toward the same goal.  


For the first time TMS is offering its popular LEED seminar in webinar format. This one-hour webinar provides an overview of LEED v4 and masonry. Check out the link below for more information. ~Tina

An Overview of the Role of Masonry in Sustainable Design and LEED v4

Register now for the this upcoming TMS webinar to be held February 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST. Attendees will be introduced to sustainable design and given an overview of the LEED v4 Rating System.  LEED v4 credit categories will be addressed, with particular emphasis on the Materials and Resources credits, and ways masonry products can contribute to sustainable design and LEED. For more information, visit the TMS website


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