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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v3 - LEED 2009

Innovation in design

IDc1 | Possible 5 points


To provide design teams and projects the opportunity to achieve exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in green building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED Green Building Rating System.


Credit can be achieved through any combination of the Innovation in Operations and Exemplary Performance paths as described below:

Path 1. Innovation in design (1-5 points for NC and CS, 1-4 points for Schools)

Achieve significant, measurable environmental performance using a strategy not addressed in the LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations, LEED 2009 for Core and Shell Development, or LEED 2009 for Schools Rating Systems.

One point is awarded for each innovation achieved. No more than 5 points (for NC and CS) and 4 points (for Schools) under IDc1 may be earned through Path 1—Innovation in design.

Identify the following in writing:

  • The intent of the proposed innovation credit.
  • The proposed requirement for compliance.
  • The proposed submittals to demonstrate compliance.
  • The design approach (strategies) used to meet the requirements.
Path 2. Exemplary performance (1-3 points)

Achieve exemplary performance in an existing LEED 2009 for New Construction, Schools and Core & Shell prerequisite or credit that allows exemplary performance as specified in the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design & Construction, 2009 Edition. An exemplary performance point may be earned for achieving double the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold of an existing credit in LEED.

One point is awarded for each exemplary performance achieved. No more than 3 points under IDc1 may be earned through Path 2—Exemplary performance.

Path 3. Pilot credit (1-4 points)

Attempt a pilot credit available in the Pilot Credit Library at Register as a pilot credit participant and complete the required documentation. Projects may pursue up to 4 Pilot Credits total.

Credit substitution available

You may use the LEED v4 version of this credit on v2009 projects. For more information check out this article.

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