Spec Shaman - LEED v4

Spec Shaman - LEED v4

The LEED v4 rating system is the most successful and widely used green building rating system on the planet. The LEED v4 blog posts are for building product manufacturers, architects, students, and other professionals who wish to learn more about LEED certification. The blog topics include: LEED specifications, LEED exam prep, LEED points, and other green building issues. Users are encouraged to comment on the blogs and provide an interactive experience. Guest bloggers are always welcome and can contact us for blog submission information.

On: May 25, 2020 By: Brad Blank
The USGBC has announced it will update LEED v4.1 to address the challenges posed by the pandemic crisis. USGBC has stated that COVID-19 has changed the landscape forever and it will now help businesses and governments prepare to recalibrate and recover from this vulnerable moment. The USGBC will promote the concept of healthy buildings and a healthy workforce.
On: Jan 31, 2020 By: Veer Mudambi
As green building activity continues to increase steadily across the world, it is a promising time for building product manufacturers (BPMs). According to a report by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Fifty seven percent of building owners are planning to make the majority of their projects green by 2021.
On: Jan 20, 2020 By: Brad Blank
Circular Economy
How do we create a circular economy? How can LEED v4.1 help support the reduction of waste streams in manufacturing? These are critical issues as we seek to maximize the triple bottom approach. The risks of not doing anything are severe and the rewards of integrating these strategies could help redefine what sustainable manufacturing is.
On: Jan 8, 2020 By: Brad Blank
AIA Course Tips
It’s the dawn of 2020 and an exciting time for building product manufacturers to get their products specified. The industry is advancing via BIM, drones, robotics, and other exciting technological enhancements. Yet, many manufacturers are using AIA courses that look like they were created in the Stone Age. Avoid losing face and take the plunge to revise your antediluvian AIA course.
On: Jan 1, 2020 By: Brad Blank
Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. For many people on the autism spectrum disorder (ASD), neurodiversity is a concept and social movement that advocates for viewing autism as a variation of human wiring, rather than a disease.
On: Dec 10, 2019 By: Brad Blank
The USGBC has released new tools for LEED v4.1 in LEED Online. The new resources will support the precertification and initial LEED certification of projects using LEED BD+C and LEED ID+C. The new resources include web-based forms instead of PDFs, Excel based calculators, sample forms, and a regional priority check-up tool. LEED v4.1 Certification Resources
On: Dec 6, 2019 By: Brad Blank
Construction renovation projects have contributed to over $100 billion annually in spending for the past several years. Many of the largest AEC firms have reported earnings from this sector and some firms earned at least half their income from renovation projects. How can this $100 billion bonanza help building product manufacturers?
On: Nov 7, 2019 By: Brad Blank
get specified
Design professionals are inundated by product advertisements, education courses, brochures, emails, and other promotional materials from building product manufacturers. Project deadlines are getting shorter, fees are shrinking, and technology is constantly changing. How can building product manufacturers break through the noise to reach the decision makers? Manufacturer Mistakes
On: Oct 30, 2019 By: Brad Blank
LEED v4.1 Architect
LEED v4.1 is quickly gaining traction within the industry as more projects are certified under the LEED v4.1 beta version. LEED v4.1 integrates performance outcomes supported by new methodologies and data-driven paths to measure performance. The latest project to be certified under LEED v4.1 is the Alliance Center in Colorado.
On: Oct 16, 2019 By: Brad Blank
Product Specifications
Was your product the leader in your industry several years ago but now competitors have stolen your crown? Did you occupy more market share and specifications than other companies? We will explore why once dominant building product manufacturers fall in specification rankings and how they can regain that mojo. Perception Affects Product Specifications


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