Sustainability

Video - USGBC LEED v4 Now in Effect

As of November 1, 2016, LEED v4, the US Green Building Councils (USGBC) fourth version of LEED is in effect. LEED, or Lead­er­ship in Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design, is a program designed to change the way buildings and com­mu­ni­ties are planned, con­struct­ed, main­tained and operated.

According to USGBC, leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party ver­i­fi­ca­tion for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.

In addition to previous standards, LEED v4 is highly focused on Energy Effi­cien­cy and includes these focus areas:

  • Materials – focuses on materials to get a better under­stand­ing of what’s in them and the effect those com­po­nents have on human health and the environment;
  • Per­for­mance-based – takes a more per­for­mance-based approach to indoor envi­ron­men­tal quality to ensure improved occupant comfort;
  • Smart Grid – brings the benefits of smart grid thinking to the forefront with a credit that rewards projects for par­tic­i­pat­ing in demand response programs; and,
  • Water Effi­cien­cy – provides a clearer picture of water effi­cien­cy by eval­u­at­ing total building water use.

As reported in Com­mer­cial Property Executive, LEED v4 is placing more emphasis on energy opti­miza­tion. During CPE’s interview with Corey Enck, vice president of LEED technical devel­op­ment at the USGBC, Enck said, The projects must now be at least 14 percent more energy efficient than the previous version, and 20 percent of all points will be centered on energy effi­cien­cy. Projects must also have an Energy Star score of at least 75, up from 69, he said, referring to the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency-backed rating system that promotes energy effi­cien­cy and uses an inter­ac­tive tool to track buildings’ energy, water and, most recently, waste consumption.”

The Bautex Block under­scores energy effi­cien­cy for LEEDv4, while it also exceeds 2015 IECC energy code zones 1 – 6. Building owners and archi­tects who want to build with sus­tain­able products can take note that the Bautex Block is a sus­tain­able product, comprised of 28% recycled materials by weight. Buildings built using the Bautex Block Wall System have a tighter building envelope, creating quieter, more com­fort­able buildings with higher indoor air quality.

Bautex is a member of US Green Building Council, and several of the company’s employees are members of the US Green Building Council Texas Chapter. Bautex is also a Silver Chapter Partner of USGBC Texas. Just like the USGBC, Bautex wants to transform the way buildings, homes and com­mu­ni­ties are designed, built, main­tained and operated in Texas.