New projects built to California’s CALGreen energy and green building codes are now pre-approved for significant streamlining of fundamental LEED v4 requirements.
Projects built to the 2016 California code can seek certification through the LEED v4 Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) and Homes rating systems. Commercial projects using the Optimize Energy Performance credit can now benefit from an update that reduces the need to run additional energy models if the project is building to, or exceeding, California’s code.
“This streamlining effort recognizes those leaders in the green building space who constantly push the market to new heights,” said Wes Sullens, USGBC director for codes technical development. “It also signals to the rest of the U.S. what’s possible when you add the weight of LEED to a robust building code, and that for those already operating at this level, certification is actually very attainable.”