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Use v4 credits on your v2009 project

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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:

  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 one 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  
Light pollution reduction Sustainable sites Not Required, 1   Light pollution reduction 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 one 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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Manager, LEED Program, Canada Green Building Council
Hi Robert, Our CaGBC Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) have been focused on researching Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for the Canadian marketplace to utilize version 4. As you may know, these are expected to be announced at our Building Lasting Change conference June 2-4, 2014 in Toronto (see our website for further details: http://www.cagbc.org/LEEDv4). The ACPs are the priority to ensure a smooth transition for the Canadian marketplace. When our TAGs have completed that work we will investigate providing a similar adoption table as the USGBC has provided and as we provided with the release of LEED Canada BD&C v2009 (for adoption in LEED Canada NC v1.0 projects). In the meantime, applicants are welcome to ask individual CIRs to use LEED version 4 pathways on version 2009 projects, or even earlier version 1.0 projects. You are welcome to contact our customer service at [email protected] if you have further questions.
Chief Operations Officer (COO) & Chief Consultant, Woonerf Inc.
Hi, Our project is pursing cetification under LEED-CS c2009. The project type is warehouse. Regarding SSc2, warehouse specific compliance path is provided in BD+C new construction v4 requiremet, but not in BD+C core & shell v4. Our project would like to use BD+C new construction compliance path for warehouse instead of BD+C core & shell compliance path. Is it acceptable?
Technical Director, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Noriko - since this substitution isn't on the approved list, I'd recommend submitting a project CIR so that GBCI can evaluate whether the substitution would be acceptable.
Green Building & Environmental Consultant, Le Sommer Environnement
Dear Batya, I am currently working on European based LEED 2009 (V3) registered projects. Apparently LEED V4 credits IEQ c4.1 - c4.4 now accept local VOC content regulations as alternative proof, such as European Decopaint regulation. Is it possible for you to updated the approved v2009 to v4 credit substitutions list to include these credits IEQ c4.1 - c4.4 ? If this is not possible do I need to as USGCB a project CIR to get these substitutions approved? Thank-you,
Technical Director, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ian - any potential substitutions not listed in this article would need to be proposed through a project CIR, as you mentioned. After 6 months we will evaluate the additional credit substitutions that have been granted and add to this list as appropriate. In general these proposals will be evaluated on whether the v2009 and v4 credits have similar intents and requirements and on matching points between the two versions, as mismatched points will result in an inaccurate point total.
TRANSWESTERN
Hi Batya, is this applicable to projects submitted within our LEED Volume program? (assuming the $500 individual credit review fee would apply since the v4 approach was not prototyped) Thank you.
Technical Director, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi David - in general yes, volume projects may use the same credit substitutions as other projects. For the exact details, I'd recommend working with your USGBC volume staff member.
Senior Environmental Designer, Atelier Ten USA LLC
Thanks Batya, this is very helpful. If a 2009 NC project wanted to pursue one of the v4 MR Building Product Disclosure & Optimization credits (MRc2, c3, c4), is the only current option to register for one of the similar Pilot Credits? (52, 53, 76, 77, 80) Thank you.
Technical Director, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Craig - at the moment, registering for the MR Pilot Credits or registering a project in LEED v4 are the options, since the MR section has such significant changes, but stay tuned for other options later in the year, this is being discussed right now.
Senior Environmental Designer, Atelier Ten USA LLC
Thanks Batya, we'll stay tuned.
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