What to Expect in the New LEED v4 Materials and Resources Credits
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.
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
DCD Cost Guides
Case Studies Case Studies Archive
Miami Joint Fire & Rescue
County Detention Center & Sheriff’s Office
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
High School Renovation
Specialists of North Florida Central Building Office
Technology Raleigh Design Center
Cary, North Carolina
Business Center Interior
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Purpose Building, East Maryville Baptist Church
R. Hance Chapel at Texas Tech University
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