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Pioneering LEED v4: The Bown Library! Case Study

Pioneering LEED v4: The Bown Library! Case Study

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Time Commitment:
1 hour
Learning Credits:
Not applicable


Boise Library! At Bown Crossing is a cutting-edge endeavor to implement the new LEED v4 BD+C rating system. Green Building Services invites you to explore the building design concepts and construction implementation, regarding both design and LEED in an in-depth case study analysis. 

The project team chose to implement LEED v4 before the registration deadline was established, resulting in a truly pioneering effort to certify before most projects considered taking the plunge. This choice was a collaborative decision between the design team, construction team, and key stakeholders. 

In this course, lessons learned from this project pursuing LEED v4 BD+C: New Construction Silver Certification are analyzed to provide current and future project teams with best practices for implementing the new rating system effectively and efficiently.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify challenges that the Bown Library! project team faced when pursuing the Low-emitting materials credit of the LEED v4 BD+C rating system.
  2. Examine how the required Integrative Process credit of the LEED v4 BD+C rating system effected the pre-design, design, and construction phases of the Bown Library! project.
  3. List the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits of the LEED v4 BD+C rating system that the project team chose to pursue during the construction phase kick-off meeting. 
  4. Apply the best practice strategies identified in this course to future LEED v4 BD+C rating system project(s).

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