LEEDv4 was finalized in 2013. It is less product-focused than LEEDv3 and places more emphasis on a structure’s performance. This has been done to encourage owners, architects and builders to construct buildings with a lower environmental impact through the use of sustainable materials and environmentally friendly design, construction and material manufacturing methods.
LEEDv4 includes the following building types:
- New Construction
- Core and Shell
- Data Centers
- Warehouses and Distribution Centers
There are now 8 categories in LEEDv4. Together they total 109 points and there is an additional point categorized as “Integrative Process.” A minimum of 40 points are necessary to earn LEEDv4 certification.
The categories are:
- Location and Transportation (16 points)
- Sustainable Sites (10 points)
- Water Efficiency (11 points)
- Energy and Atmosphere (33 points)
- Materials and Resources (13 points)
- Indoor Environmental Quality (16 points)
- Innovation (6 points)
- Regional Priority (4 points)
ICF’s and LEEDv4
ICF’s can potentially contribute to obtaining LEED points in categories 2,4,5 and 6 and depending on the building type, can contribute from 32 to 35 LEEDv4 points out of a total 110.
Leedv4 Point Qualifications (xlsx)