LEED v4 Streamlines with CALGreen

Window & Door
April 24, 2018
The U.S. Green Building Council announced significant streamlining for all LEED prerequisites and some credits for California projects that are pursuing certification under LEED v4. New projects built to California’s energy and green building codes (CALGreen) are pre-approved for significant streamlining of fundamental LEED requirements.
“In the case of CALGreen, LEED is able to celebrate the leadership of California by recognizing its efforts and allowing projects to pursue both CALGreen and LEED,” says Wes Sullens, USGBC director for codes technical development. “This streamlining effort recognizes those leaders in the green building space who constantly push the market to new heights. It also signals to the rest of the U.S. what’s possible when you add the weight of LEED to a robust building code and, for those already operating at this level, that certification is actually very attainable.”
Since 2014, USGBC has worked to align requirements between LEED and CALGreen and, while all projects must earn a minimum of 40 points to earn LEED certification, California’s green codes put project teams on a more direct certification path, according to a USGBC release. Now, projects built to the 2016 California code can seek certification through additional streamlining of the LEED v4 Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) and Homes rating systems.
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