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January-February 2014 Issue


DCD InSights
What to Expect in the New LEED v4 Materials and Resources Credits
Part 2

    The new Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design version 4 (LEED v4) will incorporate some of the most significant changes in the LEED® Green Building Rating System® since it was first released by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1999. The latest LEED v4 was released in November with new categories, prerequisites and credits during GreenBuild 2013 in Philadelphia. The rating system requires unprecedented product ingredient scrutiny and transparency requirements, and a previously unrequired life-cycle perspective, especially, in regards to building products and their energy and environmental impacts. The new rating system continues to offers project teams standards, acceptable third-party certifiers and identifies science-based measurement tools for assessing and verifying the sustainable attributes of building products. Manufacturers that assess their products against the standards and requirements in the LEED credits can potentially use that assessment to go to market with a “green” marketing position and messaging. Those that don’t bother to make the effort, which may necessitate product innovations, may risk obsolescence.   
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2014

    Housing is still leading the way with sustained growth projected for 2014. Commercial is following, but at a lower rate of growth. Housing will be up approximately 10% this year and commercial up about 5%. Public construction will still lag the private sector showing little or even negative growth. These are positive trends for our industry and a signal that the long drought may be coming to an end. Not all sectors are enjoying the good news, but overall it’s a good direction to be going in.
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The DCD Tenant Build-Out Square Foot Cost Guide
    Design Cost Data™ magazine includes a new Square Foot Cost Guide in each issue. These square foot cost guides have been assembled from projects in our database, the DCD Archives™ online at DCD.COM. These guides are provided to the industry by DCD as a benchmark for future building costs.
    DCD is based on the philosophy that actual buildings, when coupled with up-to-date cost indices, are the most reliable basis for future building costs. The buildings appearing in this guide reflect square foot costs that have been escalated to February 2014 and targeted to a historical location factor of 1 (escalate these projects and more online at www.dcd.com/subscriber login).
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Case Studies     

File: Civic

• Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue
   Fairfax, Ohio

• Clay County Detention Center & Sheriff’s Office
   Spencer, Iowa

File: Educational

• Palmer Catholic Academy
   Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

• Malden High School Renovation
   Malden, Massachusetts

File: Medical

• Cancer Specialists of North Florida Central Building Office
   Jacksonville, Florida

File: Office

• Linear Technology Raleigh Design Center
   Cary, North Carolina

• PCWA Business Center Interior
   Auburn, California

File: Recreational

• Alexandria YMCA
   Alexandria, Minnesota

File: Religious

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
   Columbia, Illinois

• Multi Purpose Building, East Maryville Baptist Church
   Maryville, Tennessee

• Kent R. Hance Chapel at Texas Tech University
   Lubbock, Texas

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