Sustainability ENews Vol10 #9 LEED Certification Update

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Sustainability E-News

LEED Certification Update


May 15, 2018                                    

Volume 10, Number 9




From the Editor

I often get asked about the uptake of LEED v4, and I have written previously about how I do not believe it is as widely used as LEED 2009 and the steps the U.S. Green Building Council is taking to increase its usage. The most recent LEED certification update reinforces that observation with the 2018 first quarter statistics on LEED certifications broken down by country, version and rating system type. Read more about this latest certification update in the article linked below.


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.




Quantifying and standardizing resilience is a challenge, and one that ASTM International committees are embracing. The articles linked below provide insight on the activities of several ASTM Committees in this area. ~Tina


New ASTM Standard Supports Community Resilience


A new ASTM International standard will support cost-effective ways for communities to respond, withstand, and recover from a wide range of potential catastrophes, such as natural hazards, utility outages, and human-caused disruptions. The new standard on "developing cost-effective community resilience strategies" (soon to be published as E3130) was developed by ASTM International's committee E06 on performance of buildings. Read more.  


Resilience = Durability + Sustainability

How prepared is global infrastructure for ferocious hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters? Technical committees are examining the issue from a number of angles. Read more.


LEED Addenda Published

New LEED addenda were published in April. Of note is the new Pilot Credit INpc122-Informing Design by Major Credit Category Using Triple Bottom Line Analysis. The Pilot Credit requires a Triple Bottom Line - Cost Benefit Analysis to be conducted on at least two LEED credits in two of the LEED credit categories for a total of 1 point. This includes analyzing financial, environmental, and social costs and benefits associated with the selected credits. More information on the Materials & Resources credit options can be downloaded here.  


The GBCI Rating Systems Explained

Did you know that Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the certification arm of the USGBC, certifies seven rating systems in addition to LEED? Stay on top of the latest green business certifications administered by GBCI. Read more here.


Zone Greener: Updating NYC's Zoning Resolution

Zone Greener: Updating NYC's Zoning Resolution looks at how New York City's Zone Green is performing and what comes next. It consists of three case studies, as well as 35 recommendations for further improving zoning regulations. You can download the report here.


Now Available:  ATC Hazards by Location Website

The Applied Technology Council (ATC) has long provided its Windspeed by Location and Snowload by Location websites for use by practicing professionals at no cost. It has announced the update of these sites and the creation of a new combined ATC Hazards by Location (beta version)website that now also includes seismic and tornado hazards. The purpose of this site is to provide users with location-specific information on seismic, wind, snow, and tornado hazards that can be used to determine design loads for buildings and other structures.   




While in many ways green building has become much more common, with architects designing with sustainability and energy savings in mind, certifications of projects to LEED v4 remain in the minority. ~Tina


LEED Certification Update

Worldwide, 112 projects were certified to LEED v4 in the first quarter of 2018, as compared to 873 projects certified to LEED 2009. Of those certified to LEED v4, 25 were in the U.S. and none were in Canada.  This compares with 562 certified in the U.S. and Canada using LEED 2009 during the same period. Click here to learn more.  


Living Architecture Tool Now in Pilot Phase


The Green Infrastructure Foundation (Chicago) announced the release of its new Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT), which it says will aid projects that involve green roofs and walls. According to the foundation, the LAPT is a rating system and best-practice guide that will certify that green roofs and walls will achieve a certain measurable and replicable performance. By providing performance benchmarks, the tool will increase the efficacy of living structures and bolster credibility. Read more.


The World is Being Forced to Rethink Recycling


Maybe not since Plato wrote about the value of reusing waste in the fourth century BC has recycling undergone the wide fluctuation, good and bad, that we are seeing right now. Today, the world has been forced to rethink its approach to waste. China is driving the change in recycling.Continue reading


How Energy Star Portfolio Manager Updates May Affect Your LEED Existing Buildings Project

The U.S. EPA is in the process of updating its Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool to incorporate the results of the 2012 CBECS survey. The update is expected to take place in August 2018 and is expected to impact all building Energy Star scores. Project performance under LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) will be impacted by the updates, as Energy Star's Portfolio Manager tool is used to benchmark and document energy performance. For projects pursuing LEED O+M certification using the old benchmarks, the necessary information must be downloaded before the August update. Click here to learn more.




It's not too late to submit an abstract for TMS's 13th North American Masonry Conference to be held in June 2019. Desired topics include sustainability and more. Check out the link below. ~Tina


Call for Abstracts: 13th North American Masonry Conference

The 13th North American Masonry Conference will be held June 16-19, 2019, at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT. The Conference is hosted by Brigham Young University and is the latest in the series of quadrennial conferences sponsored by The Masonry Society. The conference seeks to provide a forum to professionals from around the world for networking and sharing the latest advances in masonry knowledge and practice. More than 150 papers from more than 20 countries are anticipated to be presented at the conference and included in the final proceedings. Authors are invited to submit abstracts describing proposed papers no later than July 31, 2018. Instructions and requirements for abstract and manuscript submissions are available at



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