U.S. Green Building Council® unveiled the next step for the LEED rating systems: LEED v4.1. For existing buildings, LEED v4.1 will be new, improved and agile to make it easier for every type of existing building. This is not a full version change but rather an incremental update to LEED rating systems.

LEED v4.1 O&M shifts from documents for documentation TO data for documentation by tracking performance in energy, water, waste, transportation, indoor air quality, toxin free environment and occupant satisfaction.

The Blue Ocean Energy team is very excited about LEED v4.1 O&M as this shift from documentation to more performance data allows existing properties to achieve LEED points based on performance metrics such as actual energy and water usage. Transportation is now a performance metric based on building occupant’s survey responses and Indoor Environmental Quality has tenants reporting on building satisfaction.