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LEED v5 released for public comment

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LEED v5 released for public comment

New iteration promotes deep decarbonization, quality of life improvement, ecological conservation, and restoration.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | April 8, 2024
LEED v5 released for public comment
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has opened the first public comment period for the first draft of LEED v5.

The new version of the LEED green building rating system will drive deep decarbonization, quality of life improvements, and ecological conservation and restoration, USGBC says. New emphasis will be placed on:

• Decarbonization: Focus on reductions of all significant sources of emissions: operational, embodied, refrigerants and transportation.
• Quality of life: The use of human-centric strategies to improve health and wellbeing, resilience, and equity and inclusion for building occupants and their communities.
• Ecological conservation and restoration: Emphasis on strategies and actions that can be implemented at the individual asset level to limit environmental degradation and contribute towards the restoration of ecosystems.

LEED v5 emphasizes impact, alignment, and interconnectedness to support initial and ongoing sustainability efforts throughout a building’s lifecycle. LEED v5 Operations + Maintenance puts existing buildings on a path to decarbonization and ties Platinum-level certification to near-zero carbon operating emissions.

LEED v5 Building Design + Construction provides a framework for new buildings to reach near-zero carbon emissions operationally by 2050 on a decarbonized grid. At the Platinum level, new buildings will be poised to achieve near-zero carbon operationally and embodied carbon reductions today.

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