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What LEED Dynamic Plaques Can Really Do

November 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Earlier this year, the U.S. Green Building Council announced a dynamic, interactive way to display the performance results of green, LEED-certified buildings: the LEED Dynamic Plaque.

This electronic display unit lets you control who can “see” how the building is performing, whether it’s through the dynamic plaque on the wall that guests may view, or via occupant-accessible software.

The LEED Dynamic Plaque pulls building information from LEED Online, and also makes use of data you supply over a 12-month period regarding energy and water consumption, waste and IAQ audits, and transportation and satisfaction surveys (whether through Portfolio Manager or through the LEED platform).

Five areas of performance are displayed at all times on the LEED Dynamic Plaque:

  1. Human experience (IAQ audits, occupant satisfaction levels)
  2. Transportation (impacts of travel on the environment)
  3. Waste (generated and diverted from the landfill)
  4. Water Usage
  5. Energy Usage

Each category is assigned a score based on your building’s current performance; a total LEED Performance Score (based on a 1-100 scale) is also calculated and displayed, combining each of the five category scores. Higher scores mean better, improved performance. The plaque displays both your building’s individual category scores and overall LEED Performance Score (which breaks down like this):

  • Certified: 40 total points
  • Silver: 50 total points
  • Gold: 60 total points
  • Platinum: 80+ total points

The LEED Dynamic Plaque also provides another way for owners and facilities managers to gauge performance and make adjustments accordingly. Perhaps your building was originally certified as LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors a few years ago. But according to data feeding to the LEED Dynamic Plaque, there may be periods of time when your building isn’t performing at that level. A drop in score is an immediate clue that something has changed (whether it’s energy-efficiency performance, water usage, occupant satisfaction levels, etc.). Once you uncover what’s causing the problem, you can make changes that will once again boost your building’s LEED Performance Score.

The LEED Dynamic Plaque is currently available to all buildings that have been previously certified under any LEED rating system or version (except for LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development).

Do you have a LEED Dynamic Plaque? Do you think your building, team, and occupants would benefit from using one?

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