LEED addenda update: April 2014 | U.S. Green Building Council
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April 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available. 

There are two ways to view the changes:

  • visit the database and search by 4/2/2014
  • visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit


Twenty new LEED Interpretations (10368—10382), including 15 for Homes and Multifamily Midrise were published. Some highlights:

  • Demonstrating compliance for residential Interior Design and Construction projects pursuing SSc3.2: Alternative Transportation-Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms (10368);
  • Applying CalGreen requirements to achieve Option 1 of SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation - Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles and/or SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation - Parking Capacity (10369);
  • Defining exemplary performance for donating offsite land to a land trust when pursuing case 2 under SSc5.1: Site Development- Protect or Restore Habitat (10370);
  • Claiming energy savings for garage ventilation by modeling it using the Exceptional Calculation Measure (10371);
  • Clarifying the required documentation for claiming recycled content and FSC certified for wood products and other composites (10372);

Six interpretations were modified with new notes, updated rulings, etc.: 2432, 10004, 10005, 10236, 10204 and 1961.


Seven corrections were published (100001806—100001812). Some highlights:

  • Revised metric conversion in Commercial Equipment Table under Commercial Process Water Use in Healthcare, New Construction: Retail and Commercial Interior: Retail Supplements.
  • Defined the requirements for achieving Exemplary Performance under IEQc4: Low-Emitting Materials.
  • Added Option 7 in LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance for SSc1: LEED Certified Design and Construction

LEED 2009 Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance ACPs for India

Alternative compliance paths (ACPs) and regional specific guidance for India have been released for seven credits in the LEED 2009 Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance rating system:

  • SSc6: Stormwater Quantity Control is expanded to include appropriate sources for rainfall data specific to India and resources for stormwater management.
  • SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction clarifies that projects achieving certification under LEED 2011 for India Core and Shell or LEED 2011 for India New Construction and that earn SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction can achieve this credit in LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance.
  • WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency is modified to align flow and flush rates to UPC- India and the 2013 Green Plumbing Code Supplement – India values.
  • WEc2: Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency is updated to reflect Indian Standard values in WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency.
  • In EAp1: Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices—Planning, Documentation and Opportunity Assessment and EAc2.1: Existing Building Commissioning—Investigation and Analysis resources are referenced to locate energy auditors in India.
  • EAc4: On-site and Off-site Renewable Energy is expanded to define acceptable Green-e equivalent electricity in India.

The India ACPs can be accessed in the Credit Library. The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Alternative Compliance Paths for India Reference Guide Supplement accompanies the India ACPs.


LEED Campus Guidance For Projects on a Shared Site (formerly the Application Guide for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects) has been updated to include guidance for LEED v4 projects and reflect changes in LEED Online. Two additional appendices have been added (quick look-up tables for determining campus and group eligibility for v4 credits). Finally, additional credit-specific guidance has been added for several LEED 2009 credits.


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ECC & ECC International, LLC
PDFs would be great as this would allow us to insert into the applicable document. Thank you.
Group Manager, Certification Operations, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi, James and Steven. Corrections are also published in Reference Guide tables (cumulative and for current quarter only) organized by page number of the LEED Reference Guides. These tables are published in the 'Resources' section of the USGBC website (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/addenda?keys=%22reference+guide+addenda%22).
James Carr, architecture & design
It would be great if there were an easy-to-find PDF of the addenda for each system. Does that exist any more?
Sustainability Project Manager, Ecoworks Studio
Hi, I am having difficulty finding this quarter's addenda. I have typed in a number of combinations with the results explained below: open-ended search 2014-04-01 and get zero open-ended search 4/2/2014 and get 7 open-ended search 2014/04/02 and get 0 Even when I input in the smart filters Date 2014-04-02 to 2014-04-02 I get nothing?? Marta can you please explain again or make sure that the search information is correct. Thanks so much.
Sustainability Project Manager, Ecoworks Studio
IN addition the link for, LEED Campus Guidance For Projects on a Shared Site, does not work
Group Manager, Certification Operations, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi, Jaida. The database (http://www.usgbc.org/leed-interpretations) automatically sorts all entries by date. You should be able to view Addenda from this quarter even without running a search. Additionally, all links have been updated and you shouldn't have any further issues with access. If you have any questions please reach out to me directly and we can try to troubleshoot.
Managing Principal, Earthly Ideas LLC
The article above needs a slight update related to how to find this quarter's addenda. A search for 2014-04-01 to 2014-04-01 returns zero matching results. All the new addenda for this quarter are dated 4/2/14 and searching for that date (2014-04-02) returns 27 results. Note: An open-ended search with a start date of 2014-04-01 will return all new addenda since April 1st.
Group Manager, Certification Operations, U.S. Green Building Council
The article has been updated to reflect the date new Addenda items were posted, 4/2. You may search the Database by specifying, under the smart filters, date from 2014-04-02 to 2014-04-02, or you may run an open-ended search with a start date of 2014-04-01.

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