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Nearly 100 Building Projects Test the Next Version of LEED
USGBC / May 31, 2013
Global projects represent a variety of building types, including schools, universities, healthcare facilities, office spaces and residential buildings
Washington, D.C. (May 30, 2013) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that nearly 100 building projects across the globe are already using LEED v4, the next version of the LEED green building program, by participating in the LEED v4 beta. The beta project teams are helping USGBC validate and improve LEED v4 implementation and testing support resources such as reference guide content and LEED Online forms. USGBC’s goal is to fine-tune the LEED user experience during this beta period, before LEED v4 launches this fall, based on suggestions and input from the beta project teams.
LEED v4 builds on the fundamentals of the past while offering a new system that prepares all LEED projects in a portfolio to perform at a higher level. LEED v4 also provides a new suite of time-saving support tools designed to help streamline the certification process.
“LEED v4 beta participants are some of the most forward thinking leaders of our time,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED, USGBC. “These projects are incorporating cutting-edge green building strategies and techniques, and will serve as a model for future green building projects across the world. The beta has helped streamline LEED, making it easier for LEED users to accomplish their goals.”
“The truth of the matter is that LEED v4 is much more practical,” said Theresa Lehman, LEED Fellow and director, Sustainable Services, Miron Construction Co. Inc., working on Lake Mills Elementary School in Lake Mills, Wis. “LEED v4 continues the mission of USGBC to transform the industry, and I commend USGBC and the technical volunteers for taking the leap and putting a lot of thought and effort into the program.”