Commercial Property Executive (10/20/16) Kalinoski, Gail
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on Nov 1. unveiled Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) version 4, which covers more market sectors while also raising the standard for boosting energy efficiency. LEED v4 is placing more stress on energy optimization, with USGBC's Corey Enck noting projects must now be at least 14-percent more efficient than LEED v3, and 20 percent of all points will focus on energy efficiency. Enck also says projects need an Energy Star score of at least 75, up from 69. The addition of data centers among the 21 market sectors LEED v4 applies to is necessary because "a data center must provide massive cooling power for its servers, which can use as much energy as a small town," Enck says. Meanwhile, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon launch Tenant Star, an Energy Star spinoff that offers recognition for energy-efficient design and construction and efficient operation of tenant spaces. Eric Duchon, chair of the Building Owners and Managers Association International's Energy and Environment Committee, says building owners and managers should ask themselves, "what can I do to ensure that I'm not only maintaining the energy efficiency that I'm operating at but improving it?"