USGBC Virtual Town Hall Workshop: Getting to LEED Zero Energy and LEED Zero Carbon, May 20, 1 - 5pm

  • 20 May 2020
  • Start time : 01:00 PM
  • End time : 05:00 PM
  • Event Host : USGBC
Town Hall
Event Description

Join us for Getting to LEED Zero Energy and LEED Zero Carbon, hosted by Huntington, New York

GBCI Credit: 3 CE hours (LEED-specific BD+C and O+M)

Intermediate level (Note: This workshop is for those already familiar and experienced with LEED. Focus is on LEED Zero for energy and carbon. Will briefly touch on water and waste.)


How do you take LEED and your high performing building to the next level to mitigate the impacts of climate change?

This new workshop shows you how LEED Zero supports the goals of LEED and expands the verification life-cycle of high performing buildings. It teaches LEED Zero from the why to the what and most importantly, the how.

First, the workshop will review the critical need for action as global climate change and carbon emissions are bringing with them complex human health, environmental and economic challenges. LEED Zero provides a framework for building projects to transition from leadership in design to leadership in performance. LEEDv4.1 is already driving the built environment to higher levels of holistic sustainability performance; LEED v4.1 BD+C certification recognizes buildings designed for leadership; LEED v4.1 O+M certification rewards projects maintaining that leadership during operations. LEED Zero takes this one step further to certify net zero energy, carbon, water and waste performance levels.

Then, diving into the details of LEED Zero, we break down the definitions, key concepts, equations and other requirements to achieve LEED Zero Energy and Carbon Certification. The workshop will explore connections to relevant LEED v4.1 BD+C and O+M prerequisites and credits which set up project teams for the path to LEED Zero. ​

While this workshop focuses on energy and carbon, we briefly introduce LEED Zero Waste and Water certification to recognize other valuable net zero goals. Join us to go from comprehension to action for LEED Zero so you can be part of a global effort to transform the built environment in the era of climate change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the transition from design to performance that results in the achievement of net zero energy and net zero carbon goals during building operations.​
  • Recognize LEED Zero as an imperative for the betterment of the health of people and planet. ​
  • Identify key energy and carbon management concepts reflected in LEED v4.1 BD+C and O+M credits as the foundation for projects to design for and achieve net zero energy and goals for buildings.
  • Examine energy use and carbon emission profiles of diverse building types.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • USGBC
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Emma Hughes, USGBC Project Manager

      Emma is a Project Manager in the LEED Department at USGBC. She collaborates with industry stakeholders, volunteer professionals serving on LEED technical committees, and USGBC and GBCI staff to develop and refine the LEED green building rating system. Emma manages the technical development of LEED water efficiency and energy and atmosphere credits, leads development of the LEED Zero certification program, and serves as staff liaison to multiple committees. She earned her B.S. in International Relations from Boston University.
  • Cost
    • USGBC Individual Members: $69

      Non-Members: $99
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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