Whether etched in glass, stone, or metal, the LEED Plaque has always stood as a reminder of a building’s deliberate pursuit of sustainability. Yet these markers remain static, pointing to a fixed moment in time when certification was achieved. To motivate facility managers to continuously improve their green performance, USGBC has launched the LEED Dynamic Plaque.
This intelligent dashboard displays real-time measurements that promote awareness of a facility’s environmental integrity. Available to all buildings certified under any LEED rating system and version, the plaque interfaces with your BAS to update your performance score.
Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED for USGBC, provides an overview of this new offering.
What drove the change behind the new display?
Horst: It is based on a recognition that buildings are like organisms. Your building is alive, and therefore certification should reflect that life and be ongoing.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a platform that makes certification a journey. It’s a beautiful and functional tool that makes monitoring building performance and ongoing LEED certification inspiring, enjoyable, and actionable.
How is the LEED Dynamic Plaque beneficial for facility managers?
Horst: The plaque helps FMs see how they are doing through a LEED performance score. They don’t need to prepare a report to show whether this month is better than last month or analyze how they are doing related to their peers –the LEED Dynamic Plaque takes care of that.
It then makes the invisible actionable by showing when improvement occurs, when it is not occurring, or even when performance is getting worse. If you’re all of a sudden using more water, for example, you will be able to see it and then do something about it.
The second benefit is feedback. The plaque’s human experience score is powered by surveys that building occupants regularly complete. This formalized feedback mechanism makes it easier than ever for facility managers to tap into what the people inside the building are experiencing. These insights allow FMs to make strategic adjustments and find solutions that benefit people, planet, and profit.
Lastly, I’m very proud of the back-end software. It is built to integrate with other building management systems, which allows us to automate data feeds to the plaque’s performance score. The data can also be entered manually.
Essentially, the score makes sense out of a complicated amount of building data and allows the facility manager to know how things are going without having to do a lot of analysis.
How might continuous scoring change the way a building is managed?
Horst: The LEED Dynamic Plaque and its performance score allow for fair comparisons of buildings in energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience.
The performance score facilitates constant improvement and awareness, enabling management to know when attention is needed to improve the score and progress in incremental ways. The LEED Dynamic Plaque is about accountability –that’s a powerful concept. If something isn’t working right, you can’t ignore it yet expect your score to improve.
There’s also an element of fun that comes from the opportunity to celebrate an all-time high performance score or the desire to improve a lower-than-normal score.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque rewards positive actions and improvements, which saves precious resources and money, and optimizes buildings for the people inside of them.