Renewable Choice Energy Salutes Release of LEED v4 at Greenbuild Philadelphia

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Latest green building specifications will continue to drive growing industry

“We’re excited to see LEED v4 launch; in such a rapidly advancing field, it’s important to have guidelines that reflect the needs of a growing global community.” - Lana Carmichael, Director of Business Development for Renewable Choice.

Renewable Choice Energy (http://www.renewablechoice.com) was among the many exhibitors at Greenbuild Philadelphia last week where LEED v4 was officially launched. The revised green building guidelines provide universal criteria for green building performance, said the U.S. Green Building Council®. The latest version of the LEED® guidelines include new market sectors and impact categories, as well as clearer LEED guidance to aid in the global adoption of green building practices.

Renewable Choice, an annual exhibitor at Greenbuild, has supplied green power and carbon offsets to more than 4,000 LEED projects worldwide, helping project leaders to obtain certification by earning points for the energy & atmosphere credit. The firm’s green building business development team members have all earned credentials as a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) or Green Associate. The company is also an active member of both the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Canadian Green Building Council (CAGBC).

“We’re excited to see LEED v4 launch; we’ve been anticipating the release and working with our clients to prepare for changes under the new standards,” said Lana Carmichael, Director of Business Development for Renewable Choice. “In such a rapidly advancing field, it’s important to have guidelines that reflect the needs of a growing global community.”

Since its founding in 1998, the LEED program has certified more than 7,000 projects. The program has developed standards and criteria for a variety of facility types, including new construction, existing buildings, schools, neighborhoods, and homes. Buildings can achieve certification on the basis of the number of points a project obtains; the LEED rating system ranges from Certified (40-49 points) to Platinum (80+ points). Notable LEED certified facilities include the Phipps Conservatory & Botanic Gardens in Pittsburgh, the Empire State Building in New York, Soldier Field in Chicago, and Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the tallest LEED Platinum certified building in the world.

Renewable Choice client Haworth Beijing Organic Showroom was recognized as the first building certified under LEED v4, achieving LEED Gold status. The project purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) equivalent to five years of energy use. RECs are the way that green power is tracked and traded in North America.

To learn more about the LEED v4 standards, visit: http://www.usgbc.org/leed/v4

About Renewable Choice Energy
Renewable Choice Energy is a leading provider of green power, carbon offsets, sustainability consulting, and renewable energy advisory services. Recognized as a trusted partner to numerous major brands, Renewable Choice has also supplied green power to over 4,000 LEED® certified building projects. Renewable Choice was awarded the Green Power Supplier of the Year from the U.S. EPA in 2012 and is a certified B Corporation. To learn more, visit http://www.renewablechoice.com.

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