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USGBC: Getting to LEED Zero Energy and LEED Zero Carbon – Silicon Valley Workshop – USGBC NCC

February 27, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm PST

How do you take LEED and your high performing building to the next level to mitigate the impacts of climate change?

This new workshop shows you how LEED Zero supports the goals of LEED and expands the verification life-cycle of high performing buildings. It teaches LEED Zero from the why to the what and most importantly, the how.

First, the workshop will review the critical need for action as global climate change and carbon emissions are bringing with them complex human health, environmental and economic challenges. LEED Zero provides a framework for building projects to transition from leadership in design to leadership in performance. LEEDv4.1 is already driving the built environment to higher levels of holistic sustainability performance; LEED v4.1 BD+C certification recognizes buildings designed for leadership; LEED v4.1 O+M certification rewards projects maintaining that leadership during operations. LEED Zero takes this one step further to certify net zero energy, carbon, water and waste performance levels.

Then, diving into the details of LEED Zero, we break down the definitions, key concepts, equations and other requirements to achieve LEED Zero Energy and Carbon Certification. The workshop will explore connections to relevant LEED v4.1 BD+C and O+M prerequisites and credits which set up project teams for the path to LEED Zero.

While this workshop focuses on energy and carbon, we briefly introduce LEED Zero Waste and Water certification to recognize other valuable net zero goals. Join us to go from comprehension to action for LEED Zero so you can be part of a global effort to transform the built environment in the era of climate change.

GBCI Credit: 3 CE hours (LEED-specific BD+C and O+M), Intermediate level

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the transition from design to performance that results in the achievement of net zero energy and net zero carbon goals during building operations.​
  2. Recognize LEED Zero as an imperative for the betterment of the health of people and planet.
  3. Identify key energy and carbon management concepts reflected in LEED v4.1 BD+C and O+M credits as the foundation for projects to design for and achieve net zero energy and goals for buildings.
  4. Examine energy use and carbon emission profiles of diverse building types.


February 27, 2020
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm PST
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