USGBC recently announced the opening of the first public comment period for its draft rating system, LEED v5. This is just another step toward providing a comprehensive framework for creating sustainable, and resilient built environments.

Centered around three impact areas, all credits and prerequisites in LEED v5 drive improvement towards decarbonization, quality of life, and/or ecological conservation and restoration.

  • Decarbonization: LEED v5 focuses on reductions of all significant sources of emissions: operational, embodied, refrigerants and transportation.
  • Quality of life: LEED v5 uses human-centric strategies to improve health and wellbeing, resilience, and equity and inclusion for building occupants and their communities.
  • Ecological conservation and restoration: LEED v5 emphasizes strategies and actions that can be implemented at the individual asset level to limit environmental degradation and contribute towards the restoration of ecosystems.

Building Enclosure was recently joined by Laurie Kerr, Principal Climate Advisor for USGBC.

Listen in to hear Laurie talk about LEED v5 and what this milestone means for our industry.