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Excited to start using LEED v4, but not sure you’re ready to make the switch on your existing projects? Now you can substitute some of your v2009 credits for v4 credits. Here’s how:

Note: Additional credit substitutions were published in November 2015. Check out this article for more info

  1. Check out the list of approved credit substitutions below and select the credit(s) you’d like to substitute.
  2. Go to www.usgbc.org/sampleforms and download the v4 form for the appropriate credit.
  3. Complete the v4 sample form as you would any other credit documentation
  4. In the v2009 form, under additional details, check “alternative compliance path” box at the bottom, list the substitution you are making and upload the completed sample form in lieu of your v2009 documentation.
  5. Your submittal will be reviewed based on the LEED v4 credit requirements (credit requirements can be found in the credit library).

Approved v2009 to v4 credit substitutions:

BD+C Projects:

LEED 2009 credit, may be substituted with...   LEED v4 credit
Credit Name Credit Category Points   Credit Name Credit Category Points
Construction activity pollution prevention Sustainable sites Prerequisite   Construction activity pollution prevention Sustainable sites Prerequisite
Development density and community connectivity Sustainable sites 5   Surrounding density and diverse uses* Location & transportation 5
Alternative transportation - bicycle storage and... Sustainable sites 1   Bicycle facilities Location & transportation 1
Site development - maximize open space Sustainable sites 1   Open space Sustainable sites 1
Light pollution reduction Sustainable sites 1   Light pollution reduction Sustainable sites 1
Fundamental commissioning of building energy... Energy & atmosphere Prerequisite   Fundamental commissioning and verification Energy & atmosphere Prerequisite
Fundamental refrigerant management Energy & atmosphere Prerequisite   Fundamental refrigerant management Energy & atmosphere Prerequisite
Green power Energy & atmosphere 2   Green power and carbon offsets Energy & atmosphere 2
Storage and collection of recyclables Material & resources Prerequisite   Storage and collection of recyclables Material & resources Prerequisite
Construction waste management Material & resources 2   Construction and demolition waste management planning (prerequisite) and Construction and demolition waste management (credit) Material & resources 2
Minimum indoor air quality performance Indoor environmental quality Prerequisite   Minimum indoor air quality performance Indoor environmental quality Prerequisite
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) control Indoor environmental quality Prerequisite   Environmental tobacco smoke control Indoor environmental quality Prerequisite
Low-emitting materials – Adhesives and Sealants and Low-emitting materials – Paints and coatings and Low-emitting materials – Flooring and Low-emitting materials – Composite wood Indoor environmental quality 4   Option 2 of Low-emitting materials** Indoor environmental quality 3
Construction IAQ management plan - during... Indoor environmental quality 1   Construction indoor air quality management plan Indoor environmental quality 1
Daylight and views - views Indoor environmental quality 1   Quality views Indoor environmental quality 1
Innovation in design Innovation 5   Innovation Innovation 5
LEED Accredited Professional Innovation 1   LEED Accredited Professional Innovation 1

* Project teams must earn the highest threshold on both of the LEED v4 credit options to earn the LEED v2009 points (5 points under v2009 Development density and community connectivity)

** Project teams must substitute all four credits in Low-emitting materials in LEED v2009. Points are awarded as follows: 1 point in LEED v4 earns 2 points in LEED v2009; 2 points in LEED v4 earn 3 points in LEED v2009; 3 points in LEED v4 earn 4 points in LEED v2009.

O+M Projects:

LEED 2009 credit, may be substituted with...   LEED v4 credit
Credit Name Credit Category Points   Credit Name Credit Category Points
Alternative commuting transportation Sustainable sites Not Required, 15   Alternative transportation Location & transportation Not Required, 15
Heat island effect - nonroof Sustainable sites Not Required, 1   Heat island reduction (for SSc7.1 & 7.2) Sustainable sites Not Required, 2
Heat island effect - roof Sustainable sites Not Required, 1  
Minimum indoor plumbing fixture and fitting... Water efficiency Required   Indoor water use reduction Water efficiency Required
Water performance measurement Water efficiency Not Required, 2   Water metering Water efficiency Not Required, 2
Additional indoor plumbing fixture and fitting... Water efficiency Not Required, 5   Indoor water use reduction Water efficiency Not Required, 5
Energy efficiency best management practices -... Energy & atmosphere Required   Energy efficiency best management practices Energy & atmosphere Required
Minimum energy efficiency performance Energy & atmosphere Required   Minimum energy performance Energy & atmosphere Required
Fundamental refrigerant management Energy & atmosphere Required   Fundamental refrigerant management Energy & atmosphere Required
Existing building commissioning - investigation... Energy & atmosphere Not Required, 2   Existing building commissioning—analysis Energy & atmosphere Not Required, 2
Existing building commissioning - implementation Energy & atmosphere Not Required, 2   Existing building commissioning—implementation Energy & atmosphere Not Required, 2
Performance measurement - system-level metering Energy & atmosphere Not Required, 2   Advanced energy metering Energy & atmosphere Not Required, 2
Enhanced refrigerant management Energy & atmosphere Not Required, 1   Enhanced refrigerant management Energy & atmosphere Not Required, 1
Sustainable purchasing - ongoing consumables Material & resources Not Required, 1   Purchasing - ongoing Material & resources Not Required, 1
Sustainable purchasing - reduced mercury in lamps Material & resources Not Required, 1   Purchasing - lamps Material & resources Not Required, 1
Minimum indoor air quality performance Indoor environmental quality Required   Minimum indoor air quality performance Indoor environmental quality Required
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) control Indoor environmental quality Required   Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control Indoor environmental quality Required
Green cleaning policy Indoor environmental quality Required   Green cleaning policy Indoor environmental quality Required
Occupant comfort - occupant survey Indoor environmental quality Not Required, 1   Occupant comfort survey Indoor environmental quality Not Required, 1
Occupant comfort - thermal comfort monitoring Indoor environmental quality Not Required, 1   Thermal comfort Indoor environmental quality Not Required, 1
Green cleaning - custodial effectiveness... Indoor environmental quality Not Required, 1   Green cleaning - custodial effectiveness... Indoor environmental quality Not Required, 1
Green cleaning - purchase of sustainable cleaning... Indoor environmental quality Not Required, 1   Green cleaning - products and materials Indoor environmental quality Not Required, 1
Green cleaning - sustainable cleaning equipment Indoor environmental quality Not Required, 1   Green cleaning - equipment Indoor environmental quality Not Required, 1
LEED Accredited Professional Innovation Not Required, 1   LEED Accredited Professional Innovation Not Required, 1

ID+C Projects:

LEED 2009 credit, may be substituted with...   LEED v4 credit
Credit Name Credit Category Points   Credit Name Credit Category Points
Alternative transportation - parking availability Sustainable sites 2   Reduced parking footprint Location & transportation 2
Enhanced commissioning Energy & atmosphere 5   Enhanced commissioning Energy & atmosphere 5
Fundamental commissioning of building energy... Energy & atmosphere Prerequisite   Fundamental commissioning and verification Energy & atmosphere Prerequisite
Fundamental refrigerant management Energy & atmosphere Prerequisite   Fundamental refrigerant management Energy & atmosphere Prerequisite
Tenant space - long-term commitment Material & resources 1   Long-term commitment Material & resources 1
Construction waste management Material & resources 2   Construction and demolition waste management Material & resources 2
Storage and collection of recyclables Material & resources Prerequisite   Storage and collection of recyclables Material & resources Prerequisite
Construction IAQ management plan - during... Indoor environmental quality 1   Indoor air quality assessment (for EQc3.1 & 3.2) Indoor environmental quality 2
Construction IAQ management plan - before... Indoor environmental quality 1  
Controllability of systems - thermal comfort Indoor environmental quality 1   Thermal comfort Indoor environmental quality 1
Daylight and views - views Indoor environmental quality 1   Quality views Indoor environmental quality 1
Minimum indoor air quality performance Indoor environmental quality Prerequisite   Minimum indoor air quality performance Indoor environmental quality Prerequisite
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) control Indoor environmental quality Prerequisite   Environmental tobacco smoke control Indoor environmental quality Prerequisite
Low-emitting materials – Adhesives and Sealants and Low-emitting materials – Paints and coatings and Low-emitting materials – Flooring and Low-emitting materials – Composite wood and Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating Indoor environmental quality 5   Option 2 of Low-emitting materials** Indoor environmental quality 3
Innovation in design Innovation 5   Innovation Innovation 5
LEED Accredited Professional Innovation 1   LEED Accredited Professional Innovation 1

* Project teams must earn the highest threshold on both of the LEED v4 credit options to earn the LEED v2009 points (5 points under LEED v2009 Development density and community connectivity)

** Project teams must substitute all five credits in Low-emitting materials in LEED v2009. Points are awarded as follows: 1 point in LEED v4 earns 3 points in LEED v2009; 2 points in LEED v4 earn 4 points in LEED v2009; 4 points in LEED v4 earn 5 points in LEED v2009.

New substitutions added 11/13/2015:

v2009 Project's Rating System v2009 Original Credit Name Pts v4 Substitute's Rating System v4 Credit Name Pts
LEED ND v2009 Certified green building 0 LEED ND: Plan & LEED ND: Built Project Certified green building 0
LEED ND v2009 Certified green building 5 LEED ND: Plan & LEED ND: Built Project Certified green building 5
LEED ND v2009 Bicycle Network & Storage 1 LEED ND: Plan & LEED ND: Built Project Bicycle facilities 2
LEED ND v2009 Mixed-Use Neighborhood Centers 4 LEED ND: Plan & LEED ND: Built Project Mixed-Use Neighborhoods 4
LEED ND v2009 Reduced Parking Footprint 1 LEED ND: Plan & LEED ND: Built Project Reduced Parking Footprint 1
LEED ND v2009 Construction Activity Pollution Prevention 0 LEED ND: Plan & LEED ND: Built Project Construction Activity Pollution Prevention 0
LEED ND v2009 Innovation and exemplary performance 5 LEED ND: Plan & LEED ND: Built Project Innovation 5
LEED ND v2009 LEED AP 1 LEED ND: Plan & LEED ND: Built Project LEED AP 1
v2009 Project's Rating System v2009 Original Credit Name Pts v4 Substitute's Rating System v4 Credit Name Pts
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 SSc9.1 Connection to the natural world - places of respite 1 LEED BD+C: Healthcare SSc Places of respite 1
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 SSp1 Construction activity pollution prevention 0 LEED BD+C: Healthcare SSp Construction activity pollution prevention 0
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 SSp2 Environmental site assessment 0 LEED BD+C: Healthcare SSp Environmental site assessment 0
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 SSc5.1 Site development - protect or restore habitat 1 LEED BD+C: Healthcare SSc Site development - protect or restore habitat 1
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 SSc5.2 Site development - maximize open space 1 LEED BD+C: Healthcare SSc Open space 1
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 SSc8 Light pollution reduction 1 LEED BD+C: Healthcare SSc Light pollution reduction 1
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 Development density and community connectivity 1 LEED BD+C: Healthcare Surrounding density and diverse uses 1
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 Alternative transportation - bicycle storage and changing rooms 1 LEED BD+C: Healthcare Bicycle facilities 1
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 Connection to the natural world - direct exterior access for patients 1 LEED BD+C: Healthcare Direct exterior access 1
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 PBT source reduction - mercury in lamps 1 LEED BD+C: Healthcare PBT source reduction - mercury 1
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 PBT source reduction - lead, cadmium and copper 2 LEED BD+C: Healthcare PBT source reduction - lead, cadmium and copper 2
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 Furniture and medical furnishings 2 LEED BD+C: Healthcare Furniture and medical furnishings 2
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 Resource use - design for flexibility 1 LEED BD+C: Healthcare Design for flexibility 1
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 Daylight and views - daylight 2 LEED BD+C: Healthcare Daylight 2
LEED BD+C: Healthcare v2009 Acoustic Environment 2 LEED BD+C: Healthcare Acoustic Performance 2
v2009 Project's Rating System v2009 Original Credit Name Pts v4 Substitute's Rating System v4 Credit Name Pts
LEED BD+C: Schools v2009 SSc9 Site master plan 1 LEED BD+C: Schools SSc Site master plan 1
LEED BD+C: Schools v2009 SSc10 Joint use of facilities 1 LEED BD+C: Schools SSc Joint use of facilities 1
v2009 Project's Rating System v2009 Original Credit Name Pts v4 Substitute's Rating System v4 Credit Name Pts
LEED BD+C: NC v2009 Low-emitting materials – Adhesives and sealants, Low-emitting materials – Paints and coatings, Low-emitting materials – Flooring systems, Low-emitting materials – Composite wood and agrifiber products  4 LEED BD+C: New Construction Option 2 of Low-emitting materials** 3
v2009 Project's Rating System v2009 Original Credit Name Pts v4 Substitute's Rating System v4 Credit Name Pts
LEED ID+C: Retail v2009 Low-emitting materials – Adhesives and Sealants and Low-emitting materials – Paints and coatings and Low-emitting materials – Flooring systems and Low-emitting materials – Composite wood and agrifiber products 6 LEED ID+C: Retail Option 2 of Low-emitting materials** 3

* Project teams must earn the highest threshold on both of the LEED v4 credit options to earn the LEED v2009 points (5 points under LEED v2009 Development density and community connectivity)

** Project teams must substitute all five credits in Low-emitting materials in LEED v2009. Points are awarded as follows: 1 point in LEED v4 earns 3 points in LEED v2009; 2 points in LEED v4 earn 4 points in LEED v2009; 4 points in LEED v4 earn 5 points in LEED v2009.

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