Earlier this year, the USGBC (United States Green Building Council), www.usgbc.org, Washington, D.C., announced that it unveiled its new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Online experience for LEED v4 projects. Following this statement, construction-software providers are coming to market with updated solutions to help make the submission process a little bit easier.

Last week, Textura Corp., www.texturacorp.com, Deerfield, Ill., released the next iteration of Greengrade, its LEED management software. The company says the technology is able to support projects that are seeking LEED certification within the newest version of the green building program, LEED v4.

Some changes within LEED v4 include new market sectors, a greater focus on building performance outcomes, and simplified credit submittal requirements.

With the Greengrade cloud-based software solution, construction companies are able to track LEED project information, coordinate LEED project teams, and submit final projects to LEED Online, all from one location. Textura says the new updates will allow for new time-saving tools including task management and collaborative calculators. Users are also able to upload v4 files directly from Greengrade to LEED Online.

The new version of Greengrade supports the following rating systems for LEED v4: BD+C new construction, BD+C healthcare, BD+C schools, BD+C core and shell, ID+C commercial interiors, O+M existing buildings. Additional LEED v4 rating systems will be added throughout the next few months. Past versions of LEED rating systems are still supported within Greengrade, including v2.2 and LEED 2009.

This is just one example of how companies can use technology to manage the LEED certification process. As the industry moves forward with green building, construction-technology providers are coming to market with new software to help contractors track LEED credits.