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There was a lot of pilot credit shifting in the most recent addenda release, so check before you start counting points.

by Sarah Buffaloe

This quarter’s LEED Addenda were released on Monday, August 1. Outside minor corrections to rating system and reference guide language, here are a few highlights.

Advanced Energy Metering is an overlooked opportunity for CI projects. It’s not that difficult, and it saves tenants money in the long run.

by Sarah Buffaloe

You are running a LEED for Commercial Interiors charette, you are deep into the scorecard, and the Advanced Energy Metering credit comes up. At first glance, it’s easy—just install meters—but then you dig in deeper. Many questions now arise:

Carbon and social issues dominated a recent presentation about the future of LEED—and there’s talk of partial certification.

by Sarah Buffaloe

Last week during a USGBC Live event in Washington, D.C., we got a glimpse of what the technical development staff and LEED Steering Committee are thinking about for the future of LEED. You can gain your own insights from the recently published presentation found at USGBC.org

Several things seem clear.

Need tips on demonstrating high performance? Infosys hit LEED Platinum with its new HQ, due in part to great IAQ.

by Paula Melton

Project: Infosys Indianapolis Technology and Innovation Hub

Size: 160,585 ft2

Owner: Infosys

Owner’s Representative (Sustainability): Point Energy Innovations

Architect, LEED Manager (Design), and Landscape Architect: Browning Day

MEP Engineer: Ross & Baruzzini

Structural Engineer: Fink, Roberts & Petrie

Construction Manager: Browning Investments

LEED Manager (Construction): Bravo MCC

Civil Engineer: Cripe Architects & Engineers

Commissioning Authority: Heapy Engineering

Existing building projects must choose between v4 and v4.1. Unlike with the design and construction rating systems, one-off credit substitutions are not allowed.

by Trista Brown

In this blog post, we provide a rundown of the v4.1 credits to help you navigate the opportunities and drawbacks to pursuing v4.1 compared to v4. Remember: for Operations and Maintenance (O+M) projects, teams must choose between the entire v4 and v4.1 rating systems.

With Pilot Credit 158, the carbon sequestration value of trees helps teams earn a point.

by Sarah Buffaloe

Does LEED encourage planting trees? It’s a strange question to be asking 23 years into the rating system. Sure, we know trees are good; they provide shade and wildlife habitats, stabilize soils, and create oxygen, but there is no LEED credit that simply encourages design teams to plant more trees—until now.

Google’s first brick-and-mortar store achieved LEED v4 Platinum under ID+C.

by Paula Melton

Project: Google Store–Chelsea tenant fit-out

Size: 8,900 ft2

Owner: Google

Architect: REDDYMADE Architecture + Design

MEP Engineer: Rosini Engineering

Contractor: Michilli Construction + Consulting

New York’s energy grading system is up and running, and it’s fueling LEED bashing. Are the critics right?

by Paula Melton

At 7 Bryant Park in New York City, a plaque from 2016 proudly displays a rating of LEED 2009 Gold. To its left is the building’s current “energy grade,” whose display is required by a recently enacted NYC law. For actual energy use, the building gets a C—an Energy Star score of 60, which means it’s only slightly above average. What gives?

Mahesh Ramanujam will step down, and former USGBC Exec Peter Templeton (now head of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute) will take his place November 1 amid strategic repositioning for USGBC, GBCI, and Arc. Time to weigh in! What do you want for LEED?

by Paula Melton

In a surprising announcement, Mahesh Ramanujam let the community know yesterday that he will be stepping down as president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its sister organizations GBCI and Arc as of November 1.

This LEED Gold citizenM hotel in Seattle features a modular design in a seismic zone.

by Paula Melton

Project: citizenM South Lake Union Hotel

Client: citizenM Hotels

Executive Architect: Gensler Seattle

Architect/Interior Designer: concrete Amsterdam

Construction: Mortenson

These LEED Platinum homes in Fort Collins, Colorado used a variety of design strategies to maximize efficiency and go all electric—and hopefully net positive.

by Paula Melton

Project: L’Avenir Living condominiums

Type: Multifamily residential

Architect: Davis Davis Architects

MEP engineer: Group 14

Contractor: Philgreen Construction

The LEED Platinum Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia includes six “amenity floors” for occupant health and wellness.

by Paula Melton

Project: Comcast Technology Center

Size: 1,350,000 ft2

Type: Corporate office

Owner: Comcast and Liberty Property Trust

Architects: Kendall Heaton Associates, Foster + Partners, Gensler, Daroff Design

MEP Engineer: BALA Engineers

Sustainability consultant: WSP

LEED consultant: Atelier Ten

Contractor: L.F. Driscoll

Harvard’s new science complex responds to the sun, admitting solar heat in winter, shading in summer, and allowing daylighting all year long.

by Paula Melton

Project: Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex

Size: 544,000 ft2

Type: Academic building that includes teaching and research labs, classrooms, and a library

Owner: Harvard University (Allston, Massachusetts campus)

Architect: Behnisch Architekten

MEP engineer: Van Zelm Heywood and Shadford Inc.

Contractor: Turner Construction

The Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center at Lafayette College earned LEED v4 Platinum, including achievement of the Bird Collision Deterrence pilot credit.

by Paula Melton

Size: 103,000 ft2

Type: Academic building with classrooms, offices, greenhouse, and labs

Owner: Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania

Architect: Payette

MEP engineer: Bard Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers

Contractor: Turner Construction Co.

This LEED v4 Gold core & shell project encourages wellness and benefits local flora by hosting beehives.

by Paula Melton

Size: 8 stories, 245,000 ft2

Type: Commercial office with ground-level retail

Architect: Gensler

MEP engineer: MKK Engineers

Contractor: Mortensen

Developer: Beacon Capital Partners