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

Fundamental refrigerant management

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EA Credit: Fundamental Refrigerant Management

No CFC’s
  • Phase out plan
    • Ensure that the CFC phase-out plan includes a firm timeline of no more than ten years from the end of the LEED O+M performance period. Ensure that the plan includes information regarding leakage rates and quantities.
    Economic analysis
    • Ensure that the qualified third-party audit shows that both replacement and conversion of the CFC-containing base building HVAC&R systems are economically infeasible.
    • Phase-out plan and Economic Analysis Options
    • If CFC-based refrigerants are maintained in the building, ensure that the project reduces annual leakage for CFC-based equipment to 5% or less using the procedures in the Clean Air Act, Title VI, Rule 608, governing refrigerant management and reporting (or a local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.), and reduces the total leakage over the remaining life of the equipment to less than 30% of its refrigerant charge.
    All Options
    • Ensure that all equipment containing 0.5 or more pounds of refrigerant has been accounted for (e.g., commercial refrigeration equipment for restaurants, data center cooling equipment, etc.) and that it is consistently identified throughout the LEED application. If the project is reusing existing HVAC&R equipment with CFC-based refrigerants, ensure that all CFC-based equipment with 0.5 or more pounds of refrigerant is listed on the form.