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Review our points breakdown for the LEED v4 credits for Homes.

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the requirements and options in LEED.

In our previous article, we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED ID+C rating system. Today, we will go over LEED v4 for Homes. This rating system addresses the following project types:

  • Homes
  • Multifamily Midrise

In the chart below, we’ve outlined all of the prerequisites and credits, as well as the maximum number of points you can earn for each credit in this rating system.  

LEED for Homes prerequisites and credits

C = Credit; P = Prerequisite

Integrative Process

Credit/Prerequisite Name Homes (Points) Multifamily Midrise (Points)
Integrative Process (C) 2 2

Location and Transportation

Credit/Prerequisite Name Homes (Points) Multifamily Midrise (Points)
Floodplain Avoidance (P) Req'd Req'd
LEED for Neighborhood Development (C) 15 15
Site Selection (C) 8 8
Compact Development (C) 3 3
Community Resources (C) 2 2
Access to Transit (C) 2 2

Sustainable Sites

Credit/Prerequisite Name Homes (Points) Multifamily Midrise (Points)
Construction Activity Pollution Prevention (P) Req'd Req'd
No Invasive Plants (P) Req'd Req'd
Heat Island Reduction (C) 2 2
Rainwater Management (C) 3 3
Non-Toxic Pest Control (C) 2 2

Water Efficiency

Credit/Prerequisite Name Homes (Points) Multifamily Midrise (Points)
Water Metering (P) Req'd Req'd
Total Water Use 12 12
Indoor Water Use (C) 6 6
Outdoor Water Use (C) 4 4

Energy and Atmosphere

Credit/Prerequisite Name Homes (Points) Multifamily Midrise (Points)
Minimum Energy Performance (P) Req'd Req'd
Energy Metering (P) Req'd Req'd
Education of the Homeowner, Tenant or Building Manager (P) Req'd Req'd
Home Size (P) Req'd n/a
Annual Energy Use (C) 29 30
Efficient Hot Water Distribution System (C) 5 5
Advanced Utility Tracking (C) 2 2
Active Solar-Ready Design (C) 1 n/a
HVAC Start-Up Credentialing (C) 1 n/a
Building Orientation for Passive Solar (C) 3 n/a
Air Infiltration (C) 2 n/a
Envelope Insulation (C) 2 n/a
Windows (C) 3 n/a
Space Heating abd Cooling Equipment (C) 4 n/a
Heating and Cooling Distribution Systems (C) 3 n/a
Efficient Domestic Hot Water Equipment (C) 3 n/a
Lighting (C) 2 n/a
High-Efficiency Appliances (C) 2 n/a
Renewable Energy (C) 4 n/a

Materials and Resources

Credit/Prerequisite Name Homes (Points) Multifamily Midrise (Points)
Certified Tropical Wood (P) Req'd Req'd
Durability Management (P) Req'd Req'd
Durability Management Verification (C) 1 1
Environmentally Preferable Products (C) 4 5
Construction Waste Management (C) 3 3
Material-Efficient Framing (C) 2 n/a

Indoor Environmental Quality

Credit/Prerequisite Name Homes (Points) Multifamily Midrise (Points)
Ventilation (P) Req'd Req'd
Combustion Venting (P) Req'd Req'd
Garage Pollutant Protection (P) Req'd Req'd
Radon-Resistant Construction (P) Req'd Req'd
Air Filtering (P) Req'd Req'd
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (P) Req'd Req'd
Compartmentalization (P) Req'd Req'd
Enhanced Ventilation (C) 3 3
Contaminant Control (C) 2 2
Balancing of Heating and Cooling Distribution Systems (C) 3 3
Enhanced Compartmentalization (C) 1 3
Enhanced Combustion Venting (C) 2 2
Enhanced Garage Pollutant Protection (C) 2 1
Low-Emitting Products (C) 3 3
No Environmental Tobacco Smoke (C) n/a 1

Innovation

Credit/Prerequisite Name Homes (Points) Multifamily Midrise (Points)
Preliminary Rating (P) Req'd Req'd
Innovation (C) 5 5
LEED AP for Homes (C) 1 1

Regional Priority

Credit/Prerequisite Name Homes (Points) Multifamily Midrise (Points)
Regional Priority (C) 4 4

In our next article, will we’ll give you an overview of the prerequisites, points and credits in the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system.

Check out credits and prerequisites in the LEED Credit Library

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