VG’s Martin Smith Featured on ASU Sustainability Connect

Throughout the past year, VG’s Associate Project Manager Martin Smith has been writing and developing a LEED Pilot Credit with the U.S. Green Building Council that focuses on energy disaggregation. This pilot credit initially stemmed from his final capstone research project for the Masters in Sustainability Solutions program at Arizona State University he was enrolled in between August 2015 – August 2016. Upon entering work at Verdical Group, a USGBC member organization, Martin was able to submit the Pilot Credit proposal along with his compiled research to USGBC for potential adoption. After 10 months of back-and-forth discussions with USGBC staff and various LEED committees, and subsequent credit iterations, the Pilot Credit titled “Residential Energy Submetering and Real-time Usage Data” was published early May 2017. The Pilot Credit is available for the following rating systems: LEED for Homes, LEED for Homes Mid-Rise, LEED BD+C, and LEED O+M. Read more about this credit here and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions! For more information about energy disaggregation technology and the types of software currently available, check out Martin’s blog post here.

LEED v4: Upgraded, Redefined & Ready for Adoption

Photo credit: USGBC

The last day to officially register a project under the LEED v2009 rating system is on October 31st, 2016. That means projects failing to register before Halloween will have to sign up for LEED v4 by default. (If your project is already registered under LEED v2009, do not fear—you have until June 2021 to submit for certification under this rating system). So, what can we expect from LEED v4 that has some critics clearly spooked? Is it really all that scary? Keep reading below to find out more about the soon-to-be normal for USGBC’s LEED rating system. Read more