When the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced its newest system at Greenbuild 2013, the industry took notice. And according to a recent GreenBiz.com article, the new LEED Dynamic Plaque has the potential to affect green building for years to come.
Why is it such a game changer? Because it introduces an ongoing performance element to the traditionally static LEED scheme, promotes a competitive environment that drives innovation and change, and creates awareness of the direct affect of actions on a building’s sustainability performance level.
As you know, LEED is the gold standard rating system for sustainable building in the U.S. The new LEED Dynamic Plaque is not a new accreditation but an add-on to existing LEED certifications. It is about comparing post-occupancy building performance and is designed to help property owners monitor, benchmark, and update their LEED scores in five areas: energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste diversion, transportation impact, and occupant experience.
While a building’s official LEED score is recorded just once a year based on a recertification schedule, the new Dynamic Plaque updates as frequently as it receives new information. For example, if a building has a LEED score of 72 but the owner thinks it could be higher, they might send out transportation and occupant experience surveys and perform a waste audit to look for potential improvements. After improvements are made, they can provide the platform with new data and the LEED score will be recalculated instantly.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque makes the invisible actionable by providing a simple building performance context for operational data. The plaque itself is a freestanding and digital scoreboard that is displayed on an existing project’s site, and provides a method for ongoing performance feedback in the form of an up-to-date LEED performance score. Visitors can see performance in real time, occupants can provide feedback on their experience, and building owners and managers can view trends and gather data for informed decision-making.
Sustainability is key to building investors today. The new LEED Dynamic Plaque can minimize investor risk and improve their returns, help property managers adopt green improvements faster, engage building occupants in the LEED process, and motivate other players to participate.