LEED project teams now have free access to technical guidance and training resources covering certain energy credits. These materials are now available free of charge to registered project teams when accessed through the "credit resources" link for EA Prerequisite 2 and Credit 1 in LEED Online:
Energy Modeling for LEED Technical Manual, Versions 1.0 and 2.0
These publications were developed by USGBC to guide project teams and LEED reviewers on EA Credit 1 requirements and documentation, and include an updated version of the original publication, as well as a new version specific to 2009 projects. The objective is to provide further information on EA Credit 1, streamline the LEED documentation process, and provide a greater degree of consistency for both LEED applications and reviewer comments. These manuals should be considered a guiding document on EA Credit 1 requirements. The intended users of these manuals are both LEED reviewers and applicants with intermediate or advanced understanding of energy modeling, referenced standards, and energy codes. Version 1.0 is primarily applicable to LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations v2.2, LEED Core & Shell v2.0, and LEED for Schools v2.0 projects. Version 2.0 is written for LEED Building Design and Construction 2009, LEED Core & Shell 2009, LEED for Schools 2009, and LEED for Commercial Interiors 2009.
These manuals contain an overview of reference standards, key simulate outputs, submittal and documentation checklists, summary of applicable CIRs (now referred to as LEED Interpretations), verification of proposed savings, simulation input-output consistency, sample exceptional calculation methodologies accepted by USGBC including natural ventilation and many others.
EA Credit 1: Successful Implementation Beyond Baseline Performance
This three-part webinar, detailing strategies for the successful achievement of EA Credit 1, helps teams implement energy load reduction strategies and capture higher point totals on new construction projects. The sessions explore steps for reducing energy loads, innovative and appropriate systems design, and on-site renewable energy solutions. Throughout the webinar, presenters highlight energy simulation as a design tool and tips for successfully documenting related LEED credits.
Each of the webinar's three sessions meets LEED Green Associate and LEED AP credential maintenance requirements and is registered for 1.5 AIA/CES, GBCI CMP hours
New and Improved LEED Interpretations and Addenda Database
The LEED Interpretations and Addenda Database, which houses historic CIRs, new LEED Interpretations, and LEED 2009 Rating System and Reference Guide Addenda, was launched as part of the LEED Interpretations program established in February 2011. On October 26, 2011, after reviewing over 200 comments, USGBC released a post BETA version of the database with an improved interface making it more user-friendly and intuitive for LEED Project Teams. Additional functionality has also been added to the database that will help users share information with each other.
The quarterly addenda to the LEED 2009 rating systems and reference guides were published November 1st along with new LEED Interpretations. Project teams are required to adhere to rating system addenda and LEED Interpretations based upon project registration date. It is strongly recommended that project teams adhere to reference guide addenda as well.
To find out what changed this quarter and why, join USGBC staff for a members-only webcast on November 15 from 12:00 – 1:00pm EST.
Suggestions for an addendum may be submitted via the Contact Us form available at usgbc.org.
Also, be sure to check out our new podcast series on Tough Credits and Topics in LEED available for free on the USGBC podcast channel.
On October 14, 2011, three new credits were added to the LEED Pilot Credit Library. These credits were developed by USGBC committees and working group members with the goal of expanding the range of issues LEED addresses, while staying true to the mission of green building. The three new USGBC committee developed credits are Bird Collision Deterrence, Renewable Energy-Distributed Generation and Exterior Noise Control. Check out the LEED Pilot Credit Library for more information.
In the most recent update, a section has been created in the MPR Supplemental Guidance titled "Changes Made in Revision 2" where you can see highlights of the major changes to the document from Revision 1. The MPR Supplemental Guidance Revision 2 and previous versions can be found under any LEED Rating System on usgbc.org.
The RSS Version 4 is available on the main rating systems page. We have also created an archive with previous versions of the RSS linked from the main rating systems page.
The most notable change in the RSS is a requirement for Healthcare projects to use the LEED for Healthcare rating system starting January 1, 2012.
LEED 2012 & The Evolution of LEED Webinar Series: Insights into Rating System Updates
This seven-part webinar series will help you understand the development cycle of LEED, LEED 2012 and other updates to the rating systems like the pilot credit library. With this series you can earn 10.5 LEED-specific CE hours to support maintenance of the LEED AP with specialty and LEED Green Associate credential. Hear from the LEED Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and USGBC committee members about the LEED credit categories' evolution and updates, and gain the information needed to integrate these updates into your professional practice.
1) The LEED for Homes Program Review is a series of 6 webinars offering an overview of the key aspects of the LEED for Homes program as well as a walk-through of each credit category. You can find these online courses free at Hanley Wood University. Just look for the LEED for Homes logo »
2) The LEED for Homes Operations & Maintenance (HOM) Manual was developed to support the LEED for Homes prerequisite AE 1: Education of the Homeowner or Tenant, and to provide tips on maintaining a LEED-certified home. Be sure to read the Project Team Instructions for how to properly use and customize the manual. Sample Manual and Project Team Instructions (updated 08/10/2010) »
2012 Webinar Subscription
Imagine a program that gives your employees the chance to complete their LEED Professional Credential maintenance requirements for dollars a head. USGBC has created just that: the USGBC Webinar Subscription. The 2012 Webinar Subscription will feature new capabilities and options for both individuals and organizations, and it is set to launch by mid-November.
As the creators of LEED, USGBC brings you the resources needed to meet your goals and get the job done. From the boardroom, to the design meeting, to the project site – USGBC's resources support your project team's success. Reference Guides - Listed under "2009 Edition Reference Guides and LEED Publications" Webinar sessions - Rating system reviews and tough credit sessions Online documentation course Energy Modeling Manual - Listed under "Reference Guide Supplements"
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