Tag Archives: LEED v4

Retracing the Steps of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

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Retracing the Steps of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

Interface Modular® Carpet Tile with GlasBac® Backing & Solution Dyed Type 6 Nylon. Source: Interface Environmental Product Declarations (or EPDs) are a hot topic right now in the green building industry. The issue of building product transparency is reaching critical mass, and thanks to LEED v4 there is no reason to believe interest will wane any time soon. Explanation of an EPD (in 60 words or less): An EPD is a standardized way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product. They….

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In Order to Become Leaders in Energy Modeling, Architects Need to be Building Science Experts

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In Order to Become Leaders in Energy Modeling, Architects Need to be Building Science Experts

In a marketplace increasingly attuned to high-performance strategies, design teams and clients alike are becoming ever savvier with regard to building science. Consequently, there is a growing expectation that architects exhibit the tools and technical knowledge to go beyond design rules-of-thumb and actually test conceptual notions, compare the performance design options, and refine chosen strategies. This can be accomplished through schematic-level energy modeling. This kind of energy modeling is simplified through basic forms, generalizations, and gross approximations, which makes it….

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LEED 2009 vs LEED v4 Credit Comparison Flowcharts

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LEED 2009 vs LEED v4 Credit Comparison Flowcharts

When the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo convenes in San Francisco later this month, much of the focus of the educational sessions will be on the concepts and strategies embodied by the upcoming LEED v4. While there has certainly not been a shortage of outstanding LEED-related resources, technical revisions, exaggerated speculations, gross misconceptions, and mainstream media hoopla deployed in recent months, I have found it difficult to locate a distilled, clarified explanation of how the current version of of the rating system – LEED 2009 –….

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