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Is The LEED Dynamic Plaque a Paradigm Shift?


In 2015, USGBC is pushing the envelope toward connecting design intent with operational efficiency with the LEED Dynamic Plaque, a building performance monitoring and scoring platform. The plaque is poised to revolutionize the building industry by helping building owners and operators evaluate building performance in near real-time and enact strategic, resource-, and money-saving strategies for optimum results.

Backed by software that measures building performance across five categories (energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience), the LEED Dynamic Plaque uses numerous data streams and aspects of building performance data to generate a current LEED performance score that is updated whenever new building data enters the system. Changes in a given building's score — especially decreases — can inspire meaningful corrective action. The plaque also benchmarks local and global building performance, as well as past performance for a given building, so that owners and operators can assess their progress and performance in context.

The LEED Dynamic Plaque hardware, for display in a building's lobby or other prominent location, presents the current LEED performance score. The platform also uses data from occupant surveys to update the transportation and human experience scores. By engaging tenants, occupants, and building visitors in these ways, the plaque can spur behavior change, and building staff can engage occupants in taking meaningful actions to improve the LEED performance score.

The option of displaying the LEED performance score will be particularly valuable to commercial property owners when it comes to attracting new tenants or making value comparisons with the surrounding real estate market. It is easy to be confident when talking about the high standards of human health and energy efficiency a building maintains when the results are displayed and clearly visible in the lobby.

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