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

Renewable energy and carbon offsets

Possible 5 points

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EA Credit: Renewable Energy and Carbon Offsets

Off-Site Renewables
  • Be sure that the total energy use listed in the form matches the energy use values reported in the final EAp Minimum Energy Performance submittal.
  • Ensure that the contract demonstrates that Green-e certified renewable energy has been purchased in the amount indicated on the form.
  • If the renewable energy is not Green-e certified, provide documentation showing Green-e equivalence, including: 1) equivalence of the green power performance standards for the provider to Green-e as outlined under the Establishing Green-e Equivalency header in the Further Explanation section of this credit in the LEED O+M v4 Reference Guide, and 2) independent, third-party verification that those standards are being met by the green power supplier over time.
  • Ensure that the contract demonstrates that the renewable energy has been or will be purchased for at least a two-year period.
  • Ensure that the calculations account for all fuel sources used by the project building.
  • Remember that Green-e certified renewable energy certificates are only approved to offset electricity use at the project building. Green-e certified carbon offsets must be used to offset emissions from all other fuel sources used by the project building.
  • Provide a fully executed copy of the renewable energy contract that is signed by all applicable parties.
  • Be sure not to complete the table on the Credit Form for non-electric energy consumption if the only fuel source for the building is electricity.
  • For Guarantees of Origin (GOs), be sure to provide the following: confirmation that the renewable energy installation is not in a nature reserve area, the rating of the hydropower facility under the Water Framework Directive or proof of certification under a sustainable hydropower label, the country of EU biomass origin, and proof of GO cancellation.
On-Site Renewables
  • Ensure that any on-site renewable energy is eligible for this credit by referring to the Further Explanation, Eligible Renewable Energy Systems section of this credit in the LEED O+M v4 Reference Guide.