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How are new pilot credit proposals evaluated?


When a pilot credit proposal is received, USGBC staff will evaluate it for completeness. Pilot credits proposals must include an intent, requirements and submittal documentation, survey feedback questions, an identified guest expert, rating system applicability plus as any background or supporting information that should be considered.

  • Proposals are then evaluated across a number of metrics including but not limited to applicability to the goals of LEED, relative impact compared to other LEED credits or pilot credits, technical rigor and achievability, giving preference to performance-based credits.
  • Pilot credit proposals with requirements already found in the LEED rating system will not be approved.
  • Pilot credits that give points for the use of a single product will not be approved.
  • Proposals that require the use of a single certification program or rating standard to the exclusion of all others also are not permitted.

Proposals are then evaluated by the Pilot Credit Committee (PCC). This group performs an initial review and makes a decision on whether the pilot credit proceeds to other committees for review, or if it has not been selected. At this point, the proposer will received an email from USGBC staff informing them of the PCC decision. If the PCC chooses not to pursue a pilot credit review, this decision is final.

If the PCC chooses to continue the review process, they will identify one or more addition committees to conduct reviews of the pilot credit proposal. Any of these committees can recommend that the pilot credit proposal be edited or not be considered for further review. As this process proceeds, USGBC staff will again contact the proposal’s authors to update them on the status of the credit and/or have any committee recommendations incorporated into a new draft.

If all review committees recommend the proposal, it returns to the PCC for a final review – the PCC then recommends the final pilot credit for approval by the LEED Steering Committee (LSC), the final approving body for all pilot credits.

If approved by the LSC, the pilot credit will be posted within one month and will remain open to project teams for at least one year.

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