New LEED v4.1 beta versions will be open for registration in January 2018.
The U.S. Green Building Council will make versions available for O+M, BD+C, and ID+C first. Cities and Communities, and Residential will be available during the spring.
LEED v4.1 is more inclusive with updated referenced standards, and allows projects to earn LEED points through building performance monitoring, according to USGBC. “Lessons learned from those in the market using LEED v4 and over the last twenty years have led us to take a deeper look at existing buildings, residential projects and cities to develop unique solutions that address unique markets,” the council says.
The new version of BD+C will include:
· Energy metrics that include both cost and greenhouse gas emissions (a first for LEED)
· Upgrade to ASHRAE 90.1-2016
· Applicable and achievable credit requirements throughout the rating system. For example, updated Rainwater Management requirements with a lower minimum percentile storm events and added guidance for zero-lot-line projects
· A new Renewable Energy credit that better addresses diverse methods of renewables procurement and evolving global renewables markets