In recent months, activity on the LEEDuser forum has shifted to LEED v4, charting strong project team engagement. Although new registrations for LEED 2009 closed in 2016, there remain thousands of those projects in the pipeline to certification. However, judging by activity on the popular LEEDuser forum, LEED mindshare and innovation is transitioning to LEED v4.
Out of the hundreds of questions and responses LEED professionals post on the LEEDuser forum every week, roughly three out of four relate to LEED v4.
The shift we've observed on the LEEDuser forum reflects a shift in innovation. Most LEED certifications are still under LEED 2009, but people know LEED 2009 pretty well, and they know how to achieve the credits. Project teams that are pushing the envelope are exploring the newer concepts embedded in LEED v4.
Popular LEEDuser credit forums for LEED v4 projects include:
- MRc: Building product disclosure and optimization: Environmental product declarations, where project teams are figuring out how to gather EPDs for LEED compliance—a process that's getting easier over time.
- INc: Innovation: Project teams are discussing innovation points for active design, walkable project sites, clean construction and other newer topics.
- EQc: Low-emitting materials: This has been a challenge for project teams adopting to a new structure, but teams are sharing tips and moving forward on products from engineered wood to furniture.
- WEc: Cooling tower water use: Teams are exploring what systems allow them to earn the new credit for BD+C projects,while saving the most water and energy on their projects.
The activity on the LEEDuser forum is as strong as it's ever been, eight years and 70,000 forum comments since BuildingGreen initially launched it in 2009 as a support tool for LEED 2009 projects. BuildingGreen relaunched LEEDuser in September 2017 with a completely updated look. It's now mobile-friendly and has new search tools to find the exact information you need. Take a look at the new homepage, which features a quick video showing how LEED professionals can take advantage of this resource.