Updates to LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C reflect Canadian needs

Rating System/Standard
LEED v4.1
Green Building

The November 2020 addenda for LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C includes some great updates for Canadian projects that emphasize the most important outcomes while also making certification more achievable. Many of these changes are a result of the CaGBC, along with the volunteer Technical Advisory Groups, successfully advocating for changes that incorporate the experience of Canadian project teams.

The latest changes will ensure that LEED v4.1 serves to accelerate and deepen market transformation. Many of these changes were shared during a special session at Building Lasting Change 2020. You can also find a list of all the applicable changes on the CaGBC website.

CaGBC breaks down the updates

CaGBC’s Green Building Team will be releasing a series of videos highlighting some of the more significant changes, starting with:

  • EQ Quality Views: Learn about an overhaul to the assessment of view types, reducing effort and simplifying requirements – such as by eliminating subjective elements like ‘view factors’ and views of movement.
  • Location and Transportation Category Part 1: This video highlights key improvements that increase the accessibility of the Surrounding Density & Diverse Uses credit. For example, projects can now simply use Walk Score® to be eligible for all the points under Surrounding Density & Diverse Uses.

More videos will be released soon as part of the LEED Tech Video Series – subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode.

The voice of Canada’s green building sector

CaGBC’s Green Building team works with our volunteer technical advisory groups (TAGs) to support the market and encourage green building in Canada. By collecting input on the application of LEED in Canada and representing the Canadian market’s views in the international development of LEED, CaGBC and its TAGs play a critical role in developing alternative approaches that reflect Canada’s unique circumstances and allow Canadian project teams to meet requirements.

CaGBC anticipates that these addenda represent the last significant updates to LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C before going to ballot, which is expected in 2021.

The addenda and updated beta material can be found on CaGBC’s website. Have something to share? Reach out to info@cagbc.org.

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