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Raising the Bar

April 16, 2013 | 12:00PM
Blueprint for Efficiency

Energy Efficiency in LEED v4

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market­-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Continuously developing and being upgraded, the next version of the LEED rating system is known as LEED v4 and is set to come into effect in mid to late 2013. This update will open up LEED to a wider range of building types and manufacturing industries, delivering the benefits of green building up and down the supply chain. It will advance environmental footprint issues, like climate change, and encourage optimization of energy and water use. Join us to learn more about the evolution of the LEED rating system and the role that energy efficiency plays in the upcoming version.

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Chris Schaffner, P.E., LEED Fellow is a professional mechanical engineer registered in Massachusetts, California, and Vermont. Chris has been a member of the USGBC faculty since 2001, training more than 9,200 building industry professionals in the LEED rating system. He is a member of the USGBC's Curriculum Committee, and is on the Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (TAG).  In 2005 he founded The Green Engineer, Inc., a sustainable design consulting firm specializing in solutions to design, build, and operate buildings with improved energy efficiency and reduced impact on the environment ( The firm has a technical staff of eight LEED-Accredited Professionals. The expert team brings to the table experience and perspective from a variety of backgrounds including engineering, architecture, construction, planning, development, and public policy.

Coming next: On Tuesday, April 23 don't miss "Energy Sufficiency: New Approaches to Saving Energy in an Era of Climate Constraints" with Chris Calwell, Senior Research Fellow, Ecova.  Register now and join us on Tuesday, April 23 from 12-1 PM EST.

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) is pleased to present Blueprint for Efficiency, our fourth annual webinar series on energy efficiency, which will continue to emphasize the latest opportunities for energy efficiency. Through presentations from leaders in the corporate, nonprofit, and public-private arenas, we will explore energy efficiency through the lenses of behavior, policy, finance, and technology. Webinars are free and open to the public. Each presentation is recorded and available through Yale University's iTunesU channel.