The LEED v4 certification effective date is Oct. 31, 2016, and the transition to LEED v4 is in full swing.

What should architects, real estate developers, and building owners expect from the latest version from USGBC? Paladino has learned firsthand that the LEED v4 rating system requires a new approach to certification. LEED v4 is a holistic shift to a system of credits that is linked to performance-based outcomes. LEED credits that you pursued in the past may have changed. The new rating systems rewards strategic decisions based on how LEED can best support project goals, which increases the value of LEED and ultimately results in better project outcomes.

Paladino developed the LEED v4 beta application for our Seattle headquarters fit-out, and encountered the most talked about changes on the LEED v4 scorecard:

Our team applied the lessons learned from our Seattle headquarters LEED v4 pilot to every LEED v4 project going forward. Paladino’s first hand v4 certification experience ensures that our clients receive an exceptionally efficient LEED management program, without the learning curve that’s typical with a new standard. And our LEED v4 Gold certified space, designed to represent our values of wellness and efficiency, is a showcase of the results we can get for clients with the new version.

Paladino open office LEED v4 certification
Paladino’s LEED v4 Gold headquarters in Seattle, WA

Shortly after we certified our Seattle office, we expanded our presence in DC, so our national team is equally experienced in LEED v4.  Paladino’s DC office is pursuing a LEED v4 Gold ID+C:CI rating.

Our LEED team recently worked with The Tower Companies to re-certify one of its class-A office buildings, 1828 L St. NW in Washington, DC. It achieved LEED v4 Gold EBOM recertification in July, and is currently the highest certified under LEED v4 for existing buildings in the National Capital Region.

LEED v4 certification EBOM 1828 L Street
1828 L Street NW, Washington DC, achieves LEED v4 Gold EBOM recertification

We’ve certified clients for LEED v4, and you can qualify too. If you have an upcoming project to certify and you’re hesitant, here’s what you need to get started on the right foot:

  • To register for LEED v4, you only need a location and a rating system selection.
    All other project details, including building size, shape, features, population, design team, and schedule, can be provided or changed after you register.
  • Registration can’t be transferred between project locations.
    In advance of the LEED 2009 launch, the USGBC experienced a flurry of registrations for the v2.0 and v2.2 rating systems because it was possible to register potential future projects before their locations were confirmed, and then update the project address later. That is no longer possible under LEED v4 – each project must provide a zip code that can’t be changed after registration.
  • The LEED 2009 sunset date is still years away.
    No need to rush after your project is registered. The sunset date is still June 30, 2021 to submit the preliminary construction application.
  • LEED v4 is not as scary as you might think.
    The LEED program is consensus-based and market driven, which means that USGBC did its homework well in advance. LEED v4 is designed to be achievable, and there is no reason to think that LEED v4 can’t work for you.

Check out USGBC’s blog for details on registration closing and sunset dates for LEED 2009 and earlier rating systems. And, visit this webcast presented by Paladino Senior Project Manager Divya Natarajan to Buildings Operations Management for facility professionals interested in making the change to v4 for existing buildings.

By the way, the LEED v4 rating system aligns exceptionally well with Paladino’s value-driven approach to sustainability, called Plus. Download the white paper here.

What are your green building questions? Contact us if you’re ready to get started with LEED v4 certification.

Divya Natarajan

Divya Natarajan, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, is a Senior Project Manager for Paladino DC.

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