Top Things to Know About LEED® v4

September 30, 2016

Have you unlocked your building’s performance potential? The restructured rating system of LEED® v4 allows building projects to earn credits for conserving energy.

 

Why LEED?

What is LEED v4
LEED-certified buildings give back. They cost less to operate, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC®), reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40 percent. LEED certification can also increase property values, and LEED buildings may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances. Certification also articulates your commitment to the environment to those who visit your facility.

 

 

Why now?

LEED v4 buildings
Today, more than 44,000 LEED-certified projects exist in the United States alone. In fact, the movement for healthier, high-performing buildings is growing as thousands of schools, universities, healthcare facilities, office spaces and residential buildings worldwide are registered to be certified upon project completion. Around the globe, 1.6 million square feet of space are certified each day, totaling roughly 3 billion square feet of commercial and institutional space since LEED green certification began in 1993.

 

 

Why lighting?

Why lighting helps achieve LEED v4 ven diagram
Lighting can be a key component of LEED projects in a range of commercial buildings because of the sheer number of indoor and outdoor fixtures. Compared to other improvements, such as high-efficiency heating, cooling or plumbing systems, lighting tends to offer a faster payback at less cost and with minimal disruption to occupants and visitors. LEED v4 also provides credits for using lighting controls to optimize energy use throughout the day.

 

GE can help you navigate LEED and other sometimes-challenging green building certification programs to maximize your energy-efficiency goals. Contact us to learn all about what lighting and lighting controls can do for you!

 

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