LEED® Dynamic Plaque

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Purpose 

53 State Street in Boston, MA was previously LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certified at the Gold level. After thorough analysis, we chose to recertify the building under the new LEED® Dynamic Plaque™ approach with the goal of increasing the certification level from Gold to Platinum. At an asset level, LEED Dynamic Plaque aligns with the GRESB Performance Indicators and provides centralized access to ongoing performance indicators for energy, water, waste & recycling, occupant comfort, indoor air quality and transportation.

Approach 

The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a building performance monitoring and scoring platform for LEED-certified projects, providing ongoing annual LEED recertification. (A traditional certification lasts for five years before requiring recertification.) It measures building performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience, and generates a current performance score (out of 100) which is updated whenever new building data enters the platform.

It is designed to enable building owners and operators to observe trends and make meaningful improvements to building operations that save money, conserve resources and make building occupants more comfortable. Operational data is automatically generated by Energy Star Portfolio Manager and fed to the LEED Dynamic Plaque system for application toward annual LEED recertification.

Any building project can leverage the LEED Dynamic Plaque to measure and display its performance score. Your performance score is displayed in the context of the globally recognized LEED certification levels: Certified (40-49), Silver (50-59), Gold (60-79) and Platinum (80+).

Pursuing a LEED Dynamic Plaque certification provides the following opportunities:

  • Ongoing Improvements: Tracking performance with the LEED Dynamic Plaque helps identify areas for improvement. Users can make informed decisions to optimize their buildings, benefitting people, planet and profit.
  • User Engagement: The LEED Dynamic Plaque captures feedback from building occupants, and provides a point of engagement for building staff, employees and building occupants to learn about performance.
  • Global Comparability: By comparing buildings around the world, the LEED Dynamic Plaque software provides context for performance. Users can benchmark against their own historic performance, and view local and global performance averages.

The Results

53 State Street is the first project to have a LEED Dynamic Plaque Platinum performance score verified by the GBCI.

53 State Street is a well-managed, high-performance asset.   By using LEED Dynamic Plaque and annually recertifying the building, the paperwork burden of LEED recertification has been reduced by more than 90%, freeing up the property team for other tasks. Additionally, using LEED Dynamic Plaque has reduced our LEED recertification costs by approximately 40%.

By measuring ongoing building performance, the LEED Dynamic Plaque creates opportunities for building facilities staff and tenants/occupants to take an active role in improving the efficiency and performance of the building.

 

"We are constantly evaluating and incorporating new cost-effective technologies into our property operations.   LEED Dynamic Plaque allows us to enhance tenant engagement as we continue to integrate our Responsible Property Investment focus into all operational aspects of our fund strategies."

-Thomas Wels, Head of Global Real Estate, UBS Global Asset Management