U.S. Green Building Council has released version four of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building-rating program.

The updated standards were released Nov. 20, 2013, during Greenbuild, the annual sustainable construction show in Philadelphia. Changes incorporated into the new version include the addition of market sectors such as warehouses, existing schools, existing retail, hospitality and midrise residential projects. New “impact” categories include climate change, human health, water resources, biodiversity, green economy, community and natural resources.

“LEED V4, at its core, provides insight into the synergies within the building system, providing solutions for optimizing performance, and ultimately achieving better environmental, economic and social outcomes in our buildings,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED at USGBC. “LEED V4 is the LEED of the future, where we challenge the marketplace to go further, to make the next great leap toward better, cleaner, healthier buildings where people live and work.”


The first LEED version four certification was announced at the show: the Haworth Beijing Organic Showroom in China, which earned the award for its certified commercial interior space.