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.