Leveraging Version 4.1 to Achieve LEED Platinum Certification in Schools

CRA Architects’ Principal Jeff Straub, AIA was honored to present at U.S. Green Building Council’s Annual International Greenbuild Conference in San Francisco, leveraging GBCI’s (Green Building Certification Institute) newest rating system version 4.1 beta version to achieve LEED Platinum in schools, maximizing sustainability for our clients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.

Jeff presented with Kris Callori of Verdacity, LLC, sustainability consultant from Albequerque, New Mexico. Both Jeff & Kris are LEED Fellows with the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED Fellows are USGBC’s highest achievement. 278 individuals have received LEED Fellow recognition out of more than 120,000 members over the past 12 years.

LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must demonstrate at least 10 years’ worth of exceptional impact in sustainability at an international level.

As LEED continues to evolve to challenge and integrate sustainability within the construction industry, Version 4.1 is moving out of beta version into general use. This session discussed opportunities and lessons learned from two LEED Platinum-pending projects that have leveraged Version 4 alongside Version 4.1 since the first drafts of beta testing in 2018. With its responsiveness to market realities, Version 4.1 has allowed teams to utilize innovative documentation strategies across a variety of project typologies. Attendees were provided real-world strategies for increasing their success within the rating system, and learned how to effectively utilize design and construction credit categories to make LEED and sustainability more accessible to our industry.

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