LEED v4.1

LEED v4.1 is here to help you deliver on your goals.

LEED v4.1

Representing the next generation of green building design, construction, operations and performance, LEED v4.1 raises the bar for energy efficiency, water conservation, site and material selection, daylighting and waste reduction.

What LEED v4.1 offers

  • A rigorous focus on material selection, air quality and human health and comfort within LEED v4.1 allows project teams to prioritize the most important asset of a LEED project—people
  • Support delivering higher quality projects through performance-oriented sustainable strategies and outcomes
  • A framework for all stakeholders of a building – developer, property manager, occupant and the community, to benefit from sustainable design, construction, operations and performance

A focus on continuous performance supports management practices that prioritize building efficiency, decrease operational cost, increase asset value and achieve the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals that are critical to investors. In addition to registering a new LEED v4.1 project, you also have the option of using any and all of the LEED v4.1 prerequisites/credits on your LEED v4 BD+C or ID+C projects. Register your project in LEED Online.

LEED v4.1
Performance

Shift from documents to data by tracking performance in energy, water, waste, transportation, indoor air quality, toxin-free environment and occupant satisfaction. Track, measure, perform, excel.

  • The energy performance benchmark is upgraded and features energy metrics that account for cost and greenhouse gas emissions, giving you a fully connected building that is optimized with the grid.
  • Plus, a new renewable energy strategy addresses diverse methods for renewables procurement in evolving global renewables markets.
  • Recognization of impact of local differences in water supply pressure and addresses water use in a way that is both relevant and achievable.
  • LEED v4.1 provides strategies for high performance and rewards high performance outcomes, from the design and construction phase to occupancy.
Health and human experience

Set and achieve realistic goals for daylighting, acoustics and thermal comfort to boost tenant and employee satisfaction. Focus on improving indoor air quality through more approachable air testing options and use of the latest standards for ventilation.

  • Human health has been addressed in LEED from its initial launch nearly 20 years ago. LEED v4.1 carries that tradition forward with strategies focused on today's concerns.
  • Adjustments within daylighting and acoustic performance make it more feasible for project teams to incorporate and set achievement goals.
  • Additional testing strategies provide ways to address and assess indoor air quality.
  • The calculation for low-emitting materials is straight-forward and organized around product categories.
  • Bicycle facility strategies are applicable across a wide range of project types including large-occupancy projects.
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Energy

Upgrades to the energy performance benchmark featuring energy metrics that account for cost and greenhouse gas emissions, giving you a fully connected building that is optimized with the grid. Plus, a new renewable energy strategy addresses diverse methods for renewables procurement in an evolving global renewables markets.

  • ASHRAE 90.1-2016, the most current version of the standard, is the referenced standard for energy performance.
  • The evolution of demand response into grid harmonization recognizes how buildings support grid-scale de-carbonization with a new option that rewards technologies and strategies for building load flexibility and management.
Interiors

Tackle the realities of being a new or existing interior space and how you interact with the base building.

  • Location matters and LEED v4.1 acknowledges the choice that interiors project owners make when they select certified buildings.
  • Requirements focused on daylight and acoustic performance have been adjusted to encourage projects to consider these aspects during design. Flexibility has been added to provide more freedom when addressing issues such as excessive sunlight and sound transmission.
  • Greater focus on improving indoor air quality through more approachable air testing options and use of the latest standards for ventilation.
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Simplicity

LEED v4.1 features system improvements, new apps and enhanced data security—with credit submissions architecture fully rebuilt for simplicity. Achievable credits offer project teams more options for achieving their goals.

  • Project teams have flexibility to tell the story of their integrative process and earn more points for exemplary performance for new areas of interdisciplinary analysis at the frontier of green building, including social equity and public health. Projects can also demonstrate their thoughtful site selection decisions.
  • Updates to the platforms that support all LEED projects include quick start functionality that take you from certification to recertification. Incorporating functionality from Arc, project teams and owners can easily track, manage and analyze performance data.
Carbon

Reduce carbon with measures that do more than just consider carbon. An updated energy performance benchmark features energy metrics that now account for greenhouse gas emissions. For materials, greater emphasis placed on embodied carbon reductions through building reuse, salvage, whole building LCA and EPDs. In transportation, strategies around how people travel to and from buildings help projects further tell their carbon reduction story.

  • A reduced parking footprint is rewarded, and requirements recognize variations in consumer behavior and includes options that reward projects for not offering off-street parking, providing carshare parking, or unbundling parking.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions, in terms of carbon dioxide equivalents, are directly addressed in the energy requirements.
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Materials

LEED v4.1 acknowledges the big wins and the small ones in the materials we put in our buildings. Additional pathways, updated credit achievement thresholds and a greater emphasis on carbon reductions mean every step towards market transformation counts.

  • Additional pathways and updated thresholds are introduced for several strategies, including Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction and Building Product Disclosure and Optimization, to encourage more impact and adoption.