1. Energy Optimization
Optimizing the building’s energy use through efficient lighting, insulation, windows, heating/cooling systems, and other measures is essential for LEED v4 certification.
2. Indoor Environmental Quality
Ensuring proper air quality in the building to ensure the safety and comfort of occupants is another important element of LEED v4.
3. Water Efficiency
Reducing the amount of water used in a building is important for sustainability and meeting LEED v4 certification requirements.
4. Materials Selection
Using construction materials that are low in embodied energy and have high recycled content will help towards earning LEED points.
5. Sustainable Sites
Steps must be taken to protect the surrounding environment, such as reducing site run-off and protecting natural habitats.
6. Waste Management
Building owners must create strategies to reduce waste during the construction and operation of their buildings to meet LEED standards.
Demonstrating additional steps that go above and beyond basic requirements can earn additional LEED points.
8. Regional Priority
Meeting regional or local sustainability goals, such as encouraging renewable energy sources, can help to earn extra points.
9. Documentation and Compliance
All documents needed to show compliance must be submitted for LEED certification to be granted.
10. Commissioning and Performance Testing
Any installed equipment must be tested and approved to ensure it meets LEED standards.
11. Environmental Impact Assessment
An environmental impact assessment is required to assess any potential negative impacts the building may have on its surrounding environment.