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EAc1.4 - Optimize energy performance - equipment and appliances
LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors
LEED CI v2.0 Cr EA 1.4 uses ENERGY STAR as its benchmark. ENERGY STAR issued new specifications in 2007. We are looking for clarification on equipment purchased prior to the new specifications that we...
LEED CI v2.0 Cr EA 1.4 uses ENERGY STAR as its benchmark. ENERGY STAR issued new specifications in 2007. We are looking for clarification on equipment purchased prior to the new specifications that were ENERGY STAR rated when purchased but do not appear on the new list of compliant products. We are moving 1870 employees, including existing equipment, to a new 300,000 sf building that is seeking both LEED CS and LEED CI certifications. Our client's corporate policies include purchasing ENERGY STAR rated equipment and appliances and our intent is to meet Cr EA 1.4 90%, by rated power, of ENERGY STAR eligible equipment and appliances shall be ENERGY STAR rated. As mentioned above, in 2007, ENERGY STAR updated many of its specifications. We are looking for clarification on which ENERGY STAR specifications to follow. In many credits that use guidelines LEED specifically calls out which year to follow. ASHRAE 90.1 2004 is an example of this. When LEED does call out a specific year, it does not change the requirements until the newer version of LEED comes out even if there is a more up to date guideline. If we follow this logic, all equipment and appliances would need to meet ENERGY STAR specifications from when LEED CI was issued. In this instance, LEED does not specify the ENERGY STAR rating specification date to follow. More than 90% our existing products we plan to move to our new facility are ENERGY STAR rated by the previous standard or the current specifications. In addition our client's policy going forward continues to include purchasing ENERGY STAR rated products that meet the current ENERGY STAR criteria. Our client's IT department replaces 25% of its equipment each year and by the time we apply for LEED CI certification 50% of the equipment will be compliant with the Energy Star 2007 Criteria. Additionally by 2011, two years after filing for LEED CI, our client will be fully compliant with the new standard. We feel it would be inherently unsustainable to discard pre-2007 energy star compliant equipment in order to meet this credit. Please confirm for LEED CI v2.0 Cr EA 1.4 equipment and appliances purchased pre-2007 ENERGY STAR specifications will comply with this credit if they met the previous ENERGY STAR specifications. All equipment and appliances purchased since the new specifications were issued will meet the new specification. Note: If this method is acceptable LEED should work with the EPA to make the older standards available to the LEED community. The older standards are not currently available on the EPA website.
The CIR is requesting confirmation that ENERGY STAR rated appliances purchased prior to the publication of the current criteria and complying with the previous criteria can meet the intent and requirements of LEED-CI EAc1.4. This equipment can be considered ENERGY STAR eligible equipment for the submittal, provided that documentation proving the same can be provided. Documentation should include a list of equipment eligible according to old criteria, purchase dates, ENERGY STAR rating at time of purchase, and the date new ENERGY STAR criteria was issued. All equipment purchased after the new criteria have been issued need to meet the new specification. Applicable Internationally.
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