Reference Guide Correction
LEED BD+C: New Construction, LEED BD+C: Homes, LEED BD+C: Multifamily Midrise, LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors, LEED O+M: Existing Buildings
Rating System Version:
v4 - LEED v4
BD+C: 28-29+34; ID+C 22-23+28; O+M: 28-29+34; Homes: 26-27+30
- Interior Design and Construction, v4 edition
- Building Design and Construction, v4 edition
- Building Operations and Maintenance, v4 edition
- Homes Design and Construction, v4 edition
Description of change
Minimum Program Requirements
Under "Additional Guidance, Site," edit the two sub-bullets and and bullet below to the following:
"o If another building or structure within the LEED project boundary is ineligible for LEED certification, it may be either included or not included in the certification of the LEED project.
o If another building within the LEED project boundary is eligible for LEED certification, it may be either included or not included in the certification as outlined in USGBC’s campus guidance.
• Projects that are phased sites with a master plan for multiple buildings must designate a LEED project boundary for each building or follow USGBC’s campus guidance."
Under "Additional Guidance, Building" revise the section to the following:
"• The LEED project should include the entire building and complete scope of work.
• Buildings or structures primarily dedicated to parking are not eligible for LEED certification. Parking that serves an eligible LEED project should be included in the certification.
• Buildings that are physically connected by programmable space are considered one building for LEED purposes unless they are physically distinct and have distinct identities as separate buildings or if they are a newly constructed addition. If separated, the projects should also have separate air distribution systems and water and energy meters (including thermal energy meters).
• Buildings that have no physical connection or are physically connected only by circulation, parking, or mechanical/storage rooms are considered separate buildings and individual projects for LEED purposes, with the following exceptions:
o Primary and secondary school projects, hospitals (general medical and surgical), hotels, resorts, and resort properties, as defined by ENERGY STAR building rating purposes, may include more than one physically distinct building in a single LEED project. For new construction projects, each building in the application must be less than 25,000 sq. ft. Please contact USGBC if with any questions.
o For other cases such as buildings that have programmatic dependency (spaces – not personnel – within the building cannot function independently without the other building) or architectural cohesiveness (the building was designed to appear as one building), project teams are encouraged to contact USGBC to discuss their project prior to proceeding."
Under "Additional Guidance, Interiors" revise the section to the following:
"• The LEED project should be defined by a clear boundary such that the LEED project is physically distinct from other interior spaces within the building."
Rating System Selection Guidance
Revise the first paragraph under "LEED for Building Design and Construction" to the following:
"Buildings that are new construction or major renovation. At least 60% of the project’s gross floor area must be complete by the time of certification (except for LEED BD+C: Core and Shell). Must include the entire building’s gross floor area in the project."
Revise the first paragraph under "LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance" to the following:
"Buildings that are fully operational and occupied for at least one year. The project may be undergoing improvement work or little to no construction. Must include the entire building’s gross floor area in the project."
Related Addenda and LIs