Feature Article

LEED v4 Tips from Early Adopters: Earn High Ratings Without Added Costs

You can avoid lower LEED v4 scores and keep costs in check. Here’s how—including the pitfalls you need to watch out for.

January 4, 2016

With slightly more than 400 building design and construction (BD+C) projects registered after two years, LEED v4 appears to be suffering from a case of risk aversion.

First there are uncertainties about costs. Then there’s reluctance to raise the bar on sustainability in exchange for a lower LEED rating. Not to mention the horror stories about hours spent on product research, followed by rejection of documentation. Since LEED v4 isn’t required yet (the U.S. Green Building Council has extended an already-long phase-out period for LEED 2009), why risk it?