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About the presenters:

Joshua Radoff
Principal, YR&G

Josh is Co-Founder and Principal of YR&G. He has a background in sustainable energy engineering and works at the intersection of the energy, sustainability strategy, and green building fields. Josh has consulted on a wide variety of sustainability projects for both public and private sector clients, nationally and internationally, and is a regular writer and speaker on sustainability topics.

As a consultant, Josh has led a variety of sustainable development projects, ranging from university buildings to office towers, affordable housing, retail, new cities, and mixed-use neighborhoods. In support of these projects he has managed the certification across nearly all of the LEED rating systems.

Andrea Love
Director, Payette

Andrea is Director of Building Science at Payette, providing sustainable design knowledge and energy expertise combining her background in architectural practice and building science to bridge the divide between the rigor of building performance and the art of integrating those ideas into a cohesive design. She provides performance simulations to give the project team a better understanding of the impact of design strategies and researches innovative solutions for improved building performance.

Andrea teaches a course on building envelope performance every fall semester at MIT and serves on the Steering Committee for the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter.

Tristan Roberts

Tristan Roberts is editorial director for BuildingGreen, publishers of LEEDuser as well as Environmental Building News, GreenSpec, and As the main voice behind, which provides how-to resources for LEED certification teams, he is known for fielding all manner of LEED questions on LEEDuser's popular forums, and covering the evolution of LEED v4 as it has progressed step by step through USGBC's development process.

Is LEED v4 Worth the Trouble? A User's Perspective


Joshua Radoff, Principal — YR&G
Andrea Love, Director — Payette
Moderated by Tristan Roberts — LEEDuser

Are we going through the motions?

It’s clearly time to upgrade from LEED 2009 (It’s 2014!), and LEED version 4 has been out since November, but average users have been slow to embrace it.

A user’s perspective

In this webcast, Josh Radoff, principal with YR&G, takes us on a tour through LEED v4 from a user’s perspective and grades it on the following:

  • Does LEED v4 clean up the documentation clutter?
  • Does it close the loopholes?
  • Is LEED v4 more user-friendly?
  • Does it address ongoing performance?
  • Does LEED v4 make our buildings healthier?

Josh checks them out one by one, taking us through LEED v4 to assess where it improves on LEED 2009, and where it introduces new problems.

How will your v2009 project do in v4?

In addition, this webcast brings the perspective of a LEED Platinum project—a research lab in the Northeast—that started out with the goals of achieving LEED Platinum and under 100 kBtu/sf (compared to 370+ for a typical lab). The project did a credit-by-credit evaluation of LEED v2009 versus LEED v4, and will report on:

  • High-performance strategies that get better recognition under v4
  • Where v4 results in fewer points
  • Anticipated learning curve and documentation costs with v4.

Andrea Love, Director at Payette, will report on what path the project chose to Platinum, and how to get the best of both rating systems.

Harder and easier at the same time

This webcast focuses on key credits other than the Materials and Resources credits that have gotten so much attention with LEED v4. Topics will include:

  • At last! Improvement measurements for connection to transit
  • Yes, Virginia, there are other high-priority sites besides brownfields
  • Making everyone happy about bike racks (not)
  • Who cares about your local zoning for parking!
  • Net-zero water MIA?
  • Enhanced commissioning really lives up to its name
  • ASHRAE 90.1-2010: Are you familiar with the key changes?

Does LEED v4 inspire?

This webcast goes beyond the familiar debate about whether LEED v4 imposes difficult documentation hurdles, and asks whether it takes us where we need to be with greener buildings—and whether it inspires.

Are we “there” yet with enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services? Are we connected to the things that sustain us? Are we really making healthier workplaces?

We’ll include a look at other tools, including LEED pilot credits that can be used to enhance your LEED v4 experience and truly make it an upgrade.

Your questions answered

LEED experts Josh Radoff, Andrea Love, and Tristan Roberts offer a Q&A session, as well as discussing questions like these:

  • What the heck happened to Stormwater Management?
  • What’s the difference between a View and a “Quality View”?
  • What about the Delos WELL rating system?
  • How do the changes to transit credits affect projects in smaller towns and cities?
  • What approach demonstrates best leadership to the market?

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