D11 - LEED v4.1: Advancing Sustainable Materials and the Circular Economy

Thursday, November 21 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | B206 « Back

Abstract Text:

In the years since USGBC launched LEED v4, project teams have stepped up, engaging to advance the definition of healthy and high-performing buildings. USGBC has assessed the market response to v4 and observed exciting advancements in supply chain sustainability, embodied carbon, healthy materials and the circular economy. However, some barriers have been identified—as well as market advancements since LEED v4 was published—leading to a need for some substantial updates to the Materials & Resources category in LEED version 4.1 BD+C & ID+C. The result is an improved set of credits in v4.1 that continues to advance sustainable transformation of the building materials industry while incorporating feedback from stakeholders and project teams. This panel session will explore technical improvements to Materials and Resources credits in LEED v4.1 BD+C & ID+C rating systems and the anticipated market impacts of changes. Sustainability practitioners that include the LEED Materials & Resource Technical Advisory Group Chair, Vice-Chair, and Member will present how to apply the new whole building LCA, EPD, materials ingredients, and construction waste management credits on LEED projects. Speakers will share insights from manufacturers implementing sustainability programs and seeking third-party certification for their building products. Panelists will discuss how policy and market trends related to the evaluation of building products and materials are reinforcing the outcomes delivered by LEED. Attendance is critical for purchasers, sustainability professionals and consultants seeking to better understand how to contribute to and achieve the newest LEED credits. Attendees will leave motivated and prepared to pursue LEED v4.1 BD+C & ID+C certification and to confidently articulate the value of product sustainability to developers, owners and clients.

Learning Objectives:

Identify key updates in the LEED v4.1 BD+C & ID+C Material and Resources credit category, including credit Lifecycle Impact Reduction.

Discuss market impacts of how sustainable building products and materials are evaluated in LEED, including credit: BPDO credit – Environmental Product Declarations.

Describe the value of third-party certification for building materials and projects, including new requirements for BPDO credit – Material Ingredients.

Discuss market trends in supply chain sustainability, healthy materials and the circular economy.

Learning Level:



GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C
IDCEC hours:

Education Tracks: USGBC: People|Projects|Performance

Event Type: Conference Session > Session