Published on November 18th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough0
LEED Dynamic Plaque Provides Real-Time LEED Ratings
Digital plaque provides up-to-the-minute energy and water use, and provides a current LEED Rating for the building
For those who wonder whether green buildings stay green after they are designed and built, the US Green Building Council is providing a chance for them to see for themselves. The new LEED Dynamic Plaque is available to projects who have already achieved LEED certification and wish to know how they are performing in real-time.
According to USGBC, “The LEED Dynamic Plaque assesses facility performance in the categories of energy use, water consumption, waste output, occupant transportation and human experience, aggregating data to provide an overall performance score that reflects the LEED rating system — the world’s most widely utilized green building rating system and recognized standard for leadership in sustainability. The plaque is an appealing, easy-to understand display ideal for mounting in a prominent location so tenants and guests can view and better understand the building’s ongoing rating. It also features an app for anywhere access, helping further incentivize occupants to engage in actions that can positively impact sustainability.”
The plaque site can automatically receive information from core building systems that contribute to a facility’s LEED performance score, in addition to input from occupant surveys and waste tracking information. The score updates instantly as data feeds in, and it can raise awareness of likely issues that could affect operations.
USGBC recently announced that it will be working with Honeywell to integrate their building automation systems with the Dynamic Plaque. “Given our mutual focus on developing smart, intelligent buildings and improving the user experience through technology, working with USGBC is a natural pairing,” said John Rajchert, president, Honeywell Building Solutions. “Together we’re helping transform the possibilities and expectations of facility performance and sustainability.”
Projects pay an annual subscription fee when registering for the service, which includes LEED recertification each year. Once a project has been registered, information about the project (including the LEED project ID) is uploaded, along with one year of historical data for energy and water use. Then the method of current data input is selected. This can come from the building automation system, spreadsheet upload, or manual entry.
As data is entered or uploaded to the Dynamic Plaque site, the project’s LEED performance score is updated. Twelve months of energy and water use and periodic occupant surveys are required to keep the score updated throughout the year. After utility bills and other documentation are provided to GBCI, the project can then be recertified based on its LEED performance score, and it will be listed on the USGBC project directory.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque is geared specifically for buildings that have already achieved LEED certification. For more, visit www.leedon.io.
Source | Image: US Green Building Council