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No Cooling Tower - alternative compliance path

Possible 4 points


To increase water efficiency, eliminating the need for a cooling tower.


Note: This pilot credit is an alternative compliance path to the LEED v4 credits Cooling tower water use (BD+C), Cooling tower water use (O+M) and Cooling tower water use (O+M: Data Centers) for the maximum number of points under each credit
Projects without Cooling Towers or Evaporative Condensers

Projects may earn full credit if all conditions are met:

  • the baseline system designated for the building using ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Appendix G Table G3.1.1 includes a cooling tower (systems 7 & 8)
  • the project design case does not include a cooling tower
  • the design case mechanical system does not use the latent heat of the evaporative cooling of water.

All other system types are ineligible for credit.

General Pilot Documentation Requirements

Register for the pilot credit

Credits 1-14

Credits 15-27

Credits 28-42

Credits 43-56

Credits 57-67

Credits 68-82

Credits 83-103

Credit Specific Documentation

Provide documentation showing that the project meets all requirements including:

  • Documentation showing that the project is designated as systems 7 or 8 under ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Appendix G Table G3.1.1
  • Documentation (site plan or mechanical system plan, energy model or other) showing that the project design case does not include a cooling tower or other system that uses the latent heat of the evaporative cooling of water.

Documentation should be uploaded under the Cooling Tower Water Use credit form in LEED Online.

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