What is a LEED Interpretation?
LEED Interpretations are official answers to formal technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help project teams understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are:
- Precedent-setting: LEED Interpretations can be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged.
- Published online: LEED Interpretations will be published in a database.
- Subject to consensus-based review: LEED Interpretations undergo review by USGBC member-selected volunteer LEED committees.
- Why is the Addenda and Interpretations database now called the Addenda database?
- Is there a way to export search results form the Addenda and Interpretations Database?
- Can you see a list of addenda by date?
- Where is the applicability matrix?
- What are Addenda?
- Does my project have to follow the Addenda?
- Where are the Addenda published?
- How often are Addenda published?
- Where do I go if I have a suggestion or question on published guidance?
- What is a Project Credit Interpretation Ruling (CIR)?
- How do I submit a formal inquiry — i.e. a Project Credit Interpretation Ruling (CIR) or LEED Interpretation (LI)?
- What is the difference between a LEED Interpretation and a Project Credit Interpretation Ruling (CIR)?
- How do I search for LEED Interpretations?
- How do I know if a particular LEED Interpretation applies to my project?
- How do I know what new guidance I need to follow?
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