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LEED O+M: Existing Buildings | v4 - LEED v4

Performance Score to LEED Certification

Possible 100 points


With the launch of the LEED v4.1 O+M beta, this pilot option has been integrated into the v4.1 beta and is closed as of 3/26/2018. If you have any questions or a special circumstance please contact us here. Check out LEED v4.1 for more information on LEED and performance.

To encourage all buildings to measure and improve performance, focusing on outcomes from ongoing sustainability efforts. Additionally, to leverage a globally consistent method of performance verification through a streamlined and data-based pathway to LEED certification.


Measuring building data and generating a Performance Score in the Arc platform will evaluate the results of best practices and serve as an alternative path to compliance with two LEED prerequisites and sixteen LEED credits in the LEED O+M: Existing Buildings v4 (LEED v4 O+M) rating system.


To pursue this pathway, project teams must 1) register their project in Arc, 2) provide data, and receive a Performance Score , and 3) complete all prerequisites listed below.

To generate a Performance Score, participants input data across five categories – Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation, and Human Experience – for the project to achieve a Performance Score of at least 40. This score serves as an alternative pathway to meet the requirements of two prerequisites and sixteen credits in the LEED v4 O+M rating system. More information about the data requirements is available on the arc platform.

Projects must earn all prerequisites and may achieve additional credits to increase the Base Score, which contributes to the total Performance Score.

In order to pursue this pathway, a project must commit to participate for a minimum of three years and submit for certification once and update certification at least once, within that three year period. A project can update its certification at least twice during that three year period, and may elect to continue to receive annual certification after that.

Detailed Requirements
  1. LEED PREREQUISITES: Earn all LEED v4 O+M prerequisites listed below, by completing and submitting LEED forms, through the platform.
  2. LEED CREDITS for Base Score: Achieve an optional Base Score of up to 10, by pursuing LEED credits listed below under LEED Credits for Base Score and submitting LEED forms, on the platform. The Base Score contributes to the total Performance Score, after GBCI’s review of credit documentation.
  3. DATA and PERFORMANCE SCORE: Input complete measured building data in the performance categories (energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience) on the platform. Maintain accurate documentation that verifies the data input, and achieve a minimum Performance Score of 40
  4. REVIEW: Submit a consolidated package of LEED prerequisite and credit forms, supporting documentation, and performance data documentation to GBCI for review. GBCI awards LEED certification pending a successful review.
  5. CERTIFY and update certification: After LEED certification, continue to submit performance data and documentation supporting performance data to update LEED certification annually, for a minimum of three years.
Points and Certification Level

Certification levels remain consistent with the LEED rating system. A project team’s Performance Score determines the level of LEED certification awarded:
Performance Score and Certification Levels:

  • 40-49 is Certified
  • 50-59 is Silver
  • 60-79 is Gold
  • 80-100 is Platinum
  1. LEED PREREQUISITES. Projects pursuing LEED certification through this pathway need to achieve all prerequisites, listed below:
  2. LEED CREDITS for BASE Score. The following credits can contribute to the Base Score of up to 10. Projects pursuing the Performance Score to LEED Certification pilot have the option to pursue the credits listed below by completing and submitting required LEED documentation to GBCI for review:
  3. DATA and PERFORMANCE SCORE. The data input and the Performance Score in Arc measures the intended outcomes of the following LEED prerequisites and LEED credits:
      Location and Transportation:

    • Alternative Transportation
    • Water Efficiency:

    • (Prerequisite) Building-level Water Metering
    • Indoor Water Use Reduction
    • Outdoor Water Use Reduction
    • Cooling Tower Water Use
    • Water Metering
    • Energy and Atmosphere:

    • (Prerequisite) Building-level Energy Metering
    • Existing Building Commissioning – Analysis
    • Existing Building Commissioning – Implementation
    • Ongoing Commissioning
    • Optimize Energy Performance
    • Advanced Energy Metering
    • Demand Response
    • Materials and Resources:

    • Solid Waste Management - Ongoing
    • Indoor Environmental Quality:

    • Indoor Air Quality Management Program
    • Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies
    • Occupant Comfort Survey

General Documentation Requirements


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