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: Mar 28, 2018 By: Brad Blank
Will LEED v4.1 Be A Game-Changer for Product Manufacturers?
LEED v4.1 could be a game-changer for building product manufacturers in 2018. Our team recently met with Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO of the USGBC to learn more about LEED v4.1. The Texas Breakfast event in Austin provided attendees an opportunity to learn about the changes coming down the pipeline.
On: Mar 23, 2018 By: Brad Blank
What Building Product Reps Don’t Know About LEED v4
The LEED Rating system has been around for twenty years. In 2013, the latest rating system LEED v4 was launched. Yet, many building product reps are completely in the dark when it comes to LEED and the specification opportunities it offers. Most manufacturers have a LEED point person to handle LEED and sustainability related questions.
On: Jan 12, 2018 By: GreenCE, Inc.
LEED v4.1 is Coming, Are You Ready?
“Change is inevitable, growth is optional.” That was said by John C. Maxwell. He didn’t say we liked it, he just said it was. Change IS. Whether we want it, whether we voted for it, or whether we sought it out. The building product manufacturing world is no different.
On: Sep 29, 2017 By: Brad Blank
Does Your Product Contribute to the LEED v4 Low-Emitting Materials Credit?
There are several significant changes in LEED v4 compared to previous versions of the ratings system. The LEED v4 BD+C Low-Emitting Materials credit has several changes which we will explore.
On: Sep 20, 2017 By: Brad Blank
 <p>How do precast concrete products fit into the LEED v4 rating system?
How do precast concrete products fit into the LEED v4 rating system? What LEED credits apply to precast concrete products? The National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) has released The Precaster’s Guide to LEED v4 to help manufacturers navigate the LEED rating system.
On: Sep 14, 2017 By: Brad Blank
How the New PCR Program May Affect Your LEED v4 EPD
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) play an important role in LEED v4. EPDs are created according to internationally harmonized standards and are 3rd party verified, ensuring that the results for products are valid.
On: Aug 21, 2017 By: Brad Blank
How LEED Courses Help Building Product Manufacturers Get Specified
LEED v4 was launched in November 2013. Yet, many building product manufacturers are still unprepared in today’s marketplace. Despite several new opportunities, many building product manufacturers haven’t developed Health Product Declarations (HPDs) for LEED v4. Other companies have failed to update their LEED product documentation from LEED v3 to LEED v4.
On: Jul 20, 2017 By: Brad Blank
3 Ways Product Manufacturer Reps Can Maintain A LEED Credentia
Building product reps who have obtained their LEED professional credential should be commended for their effort. It is no easy feat spending countless hours taking LEED practice exams, participating in LEED certification training, and locking yourself in your office to memorize arcane building codes, enhanced refrigerant management requirements, and whole building life-cycle impact reduction strategies.
On: May 24, 2017 By: Brad Blank
How Buildings Can Improve Our Health
The built environment provides the setting for our lives. It plays a huge role in our natural environment, our economy, and our culture. The built environment provides a context for addressing the world’s greatest contemporary challenges including pollution, climate change, and habitat destruction. Green buildings can reduce that environmental damage. In many cases, green buildings can enhance the health of the environment and the people who use them.
On: Apr 17, 2017 By: GreenCE, Inc.
Building Product Reps: How to Get a Piece of a Billion Dollar Business
So, you manufacture a great building product. It’s sustainable, it can contribute toward LEED points. It’s even pretty. Yet, no one is specifying it. So, what do you do? You acknowledge that you are in the right business, at the right time. You just might not have the right tools.


GreenCE offers AIA HSW online continuing education, LEED online courses, ADA online courses, and LEED Exam Prep. GreenCE helps design professionals obtain their AIA HSW hours, LEED-specific hours, barrier-free hours, and IDCEC CE hours. The website delivers LEED Exam Prep for the LEED Green Associate exam, LEED BD+C exam, and LEED O+M exam. The online LEED certification courses educate architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, and students.

GreenCE is a USGBC Education Partner that offers the only free LEED exam prep in the country. The LEED certification course includes a free LEED exam study guide, free LEED practice questions, and LEED certification tips and strategies. In addition, GreenCE offers free courses for LEED APs to obtain their LEED BD+C hours, LEED ID+C hours, and LEED O+M hours. Most GBCI courses are free and in video format.

GreenCE is an AIA Education Provider and offers free AIA online courses. The free AIA courses are sponsored by building product manufacturers. In addition, the platform offers barrier-free ADA courses for Texas and California architects. Texas barrier-free online courses and California Accessibility courses meet state requirements. TX ADA courses and CA ADA courses are created by the top ADA experts in the country.

Building product manufacturers can get specified by using GreenCE services. GreenCE develops AIA and LEED courses for product manufacturers to educate architects. The online architect courses help build brand awareness about building products. In addition, GreenCE hosts manufacturer webinars for 200-300 architects at a time. The AIA webinars and LEED webinars are free for architects who can learn about various products.

Finally, GreenCE helps manufacturers develop Health Product Declarations (HPDs), LEED v4 product documentation, mindful MATERIALS documentation, Google Portico documentation, and Declare Labels. We value our relationships with design professionals and building product manufacturers. They are crucial to our success.