Green Building Updates for 2018

Part of our job here at Green Building Education Services (GBES) is to stay out in front of the green building industry changes and then keep you updated on what you really need to know. LEED is really growing in the internationally. Apart from the United States, which has the highest number of LEED buildings (and professionals), there is rapid LEED growth in China, India, the Middle East, and Europe. Listen to this (short) Green Building Updates for 2018 episode, where we discuss major LEED and WELL updates that are coming our way.

“40% of all LEED projects registered to pursue a LEED certification right now are outside the United States.” – Charlie Cichetti

Greenbuild-Europe Conference 2018

The Green Building Europe Conference recently took place with around 300 LEED professionals in attendance in Berlin, Germany. Greenbuild Conferences will also be held in Mexico, China, India, and the United States this year. A simulcast will be conducted for the events in India and the U.S.

Major LEED Updates

This year shows an interest in global growth and improvements in data and org platforms. USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam announced a new LEED version. Version 4.1 has already been introduced on the U.S. website and newsletter for the O+M beta first.

“LEED goes through major updates every five or so years, but in this case, v4.1 is an incremental upgrade in between a major overhaul of the most popular green building rating system.” – Charlie Cichetti

Beta Version Now Available

LEED v4.1 O+M Beta is now out and available for download at the U.S. Green Building Council website. It does away with certain prerequisites and highlights substantial changes towards more performance and less prescriptive. Keep in mind, this is beta, can be commented on, and will be voted on later.

To hear more about our thoughts on 2018’s green building changes, download and listen to the episode!


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