Entry Type ID Date Applicable Rating System Primary Credit Inquiry (LIs) Ruling (LIs) Related Addenda/LIs Related Resources Campus Applicable Internationally Applicable Country Applicability Reference Guide (Addenda) Page (Addenda) Location (Addenda) Description of Change (Addenda) "Rating System Correction, Reference Guide Correction" "100000071" "2010-04-14" "Commercial Interiors" "None" "None" "Green Interior Design and Construction, 2009 edition" "Rating System: 21, Reference Guide: 177" "Requirements" "In the first line of the first paragraph, replace ""qualified"" with ""eligible"" so the text becomes ""...ENERGY STAR" "Reference Guide Correction" "100000072" "2010-04-16" "Commercial Interiors" "None" "None" "Green Interior Design and Construction, 2009 edition" "180" "Fourth paragraph" "Replace the paragraph (which begins with ""All appliances and equipment..."") with the following text:\n\nOnly new appliances and equipment purchased as part of the scope of\nwork for the project need to be included in the credit for EA Prerequisite\n2 and EA Credit 1.4. Equipment and appliances must meet the ENERGY\nSTAR criteria current at the time of purchase:\n" "Reference Guide Correction" "100000675" "2010-11-03" "Commercial Interiors" "None" "None" "Green Interior Design and Construction, 2009 edition" "179" "Text on top of page (begins with ""the regulated"")" "In the first line, replace ""Table 2"" with ""Table 3"" and before the sentence insert ""Table 2 lists values that represent average rated power figures for different office equipment types.""" "Global ACP" "100001492" "2012-10-01" "Commercial Interiors, Retail - Commercial Interiors" "None" "None" "X" "Green Interior Design and Construction, 2009 edition $ Green Interior Design and Construction, 2009 edition, updated June 2011 $ Retail Supplement to Green Interior Design and Construction, 2009 edition" "CI RS 21, Retail CI RS 19" "Requirements" "Add the following sentence after the first sentence: ""Equipment that meets the same requirements as ENERGY STARr qualified products but does not bear the ENERGY STARr label is acceptable. Projects outside the U.S. may use a local equivalent to ENERGY STARr."" " "Global ACP" "100001702" "2012-10-01" "Commercial Interiors" "None" "None" "X" "Green Interior Design and Construction, 2009 edition $ Green Interior Design and Construction, 2009 edition, updated June 2011 " "ID+C RG: 181" "Step 2" "Add the following sentence to the end of Step 2: For gas equipment, convert BTU/h to watts to compare power usage." "LEED Interpretation" "2090" "2008-04-25" "Commercial Interiors" "LEED CI v2.0 Cr EA 1.4 uses ENERGY STAR as its benchmark. ENERGY STAR issued new specifications in 2007. We are looking for clarification on equipment purchased prior to the new specifications that were ENERGY STAR rated when purchased but do not appear on the new list of compliant products. We are moving 1870 employees, including existing equipment, to a new 300,000 sf building that is seeking both LEED CS and LEED CI certifications. Our client\'s corporate policies include purchasing ENERGY STAR rated equipment and appliances and our intent is to meet Cr EA 1.4 90%, by rated power, of ENERGY STAR eligible equipment and appliances shall be ENERGY STAR rated. As mentioned above, in 2007, ENERGY STAR updated many of its specifications. We are looking for clarification on which ENERGY STAR specifications to follow. In many credits that use guidelines LEED specifically calls out which year to follow. ASHRAE 90.1 2004 is an example of this. When LEED does call out a specific year, it does not change the requirements until the newer version of LEED comes out even if there is a more up to date guideline. If we follow this logic, all equipment and appliances would need to meet ENERGY STAR specifications from when LEED CI was issued. In this instance, LEED does not specify the ENERGY STAR rating specification date to follow. More than 90% our existing products we plan to move to our new facility are ENERGY STAR rated by the previous standard or the current specifications. In addition our client\'s policy going forward continues to include purchasing ENERGY STAR rated products that meet the current ENERGY STAR criteria. Our client\'s IT department replaces 25% of its equipment each year and by the time we apply for LEED CI certification 50% of the equipment will be compliant with the Energy Star 2007 Criteria. Additionally by 2011, two years after filing for LEED CI, our client will be fully compliant with the new standard. We feel it would be inherently unsustainable to discard pre-2007 energy star compliant equipment in order to meet this credit. Please confirm for LEED CI v2.0 Cr EA 1.4 equipment and appliances purchased pre-2007 ENERGY STAR specifications will comply with this credit if they met the previous ENERGY STAR specifications. All equipment and appliances purchased since the new specifications were issued will meet the new specification. Note: If this method is acceptable LEED should work with the EPA to make the older standards available to the LEED community. The older standards are not currently available on the EPA website." "The CIR is requesting confirmation that ENERGY STAR rated appliances purchased prior to the publication of the current criteria and complying with the previous criteria can meet the intent and requirements of LEED-CI EAc1.4. This equipment can be considered ENERGY STAR eligible equipment for the submittal, provided that documentation proving the same can be provided. Documentation should include a list of equipment eligible according to old criteria, purchase dates, ENERGY STAR rating at time of purchase, and the date new ENERGY STAR criteria was issued. All equipment purchased after the new criteria have been issued need to meet the new specification. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "2484" "2009-02-09" "Commercial Interiors" "Our client has purchased and will be reusing Energy Star rated equipment and appliances for their LEED CI build-out. However, 84 of the desktop computers will be switching over to Thin Client, a device that allows users to operate off of one interface rather than having individual PCs at each desk. Instead, each desk will only require a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The maximum power usage on this product is 5.6 Watts, which is far below the standard 120 Watts for desktops. Likewise, Thin Client also uses far less energy than any of the current Energy Star rated PCs on the market. However, Energy Star does not add Thin Client to their qualifications until July 1, 2009, this is past when we expect to submit our project to the USGBC. Below is the link to Energy Star\'s Version 5.0 for reference and to confirm Thin Clients addition to the program in July. www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/prod_development/revisions/downloads/computer/Version5.0_Computer_Spec.pdf Not only does Thin Client reduce energy use, it also reduces maintenance and operation costs as well as reduction of overall material generation and utilization. We believe that this piece of equipment goes above and beyond the current ES requirements and surely meets the intent of the credit; we consider it to be the next innovative step in office equipment, and recommend that our client be allowed to use Thin Client toward their 90% Energy Star rated Equipment and Appliance goal." "The applicant is requesting permission to include Thin Client equipment towards meeting the 90% Energy Star rated equipment goal. While it is clear that in the near future many office projects will be able to use this technology and achieve significant savings, it appears that Thin Client is a type of equipment. There can be various types of Thin Clients that a project team may select and there is variation in the performance characteristics of each. Without a valid Energy Star certification for the exact make and model of Thin Client equipment proposed on this project, it will not be possible to determine if the specified piece of equipment is efficient or not. At this time, Thin Client cannot be accounted towards meeting the 90% Energy Star equipment. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "2642" "2009-09-15" "Commercial Interiors" "The project team proposes an alternative compliance approach for the achievement of this credit. The intent of this credit is to ""achieve increasing levels of energy conservation beyond the prerequisite standard to reduce environmental impacts associated with excessive energy use"" (LEED-CI v2.0 Reference Guide). The intent of this credit leads the project team to believe that this should be an ongoing initiative beyond just project completion and occupancy. Our project is a relocation that will include bringing computers, printers and other equipment from the existing offices to the new space. The project team feels that disposing of this equipment at the time of the relocation and buying all new equipment is not appropriate stewardship of materials nor is it cost-efficient. With an ongoing approach to improving energy conservation as the key focus while still being mindful of the appropriate use of resources (both material and financial), the project team proposes the use of a phasing plan to shift to more energy efficient equipment. This phasing plan will apply only to relocated equipment and will encompass a strict purchasing policy to replace that equipment with only energy efficient equipment as prescribed by current Energy Star guidelines. The project team will include, upon credit submission, a copy of the purchasing plan signed by upper management and a 5-year phasing plan that includes a comprehensive list of what equipment is included in the scope of the project (assessing inventory according to the spreadsheet template of LEED-CI EAc1.4) and a replacement schedule indicating the anticipated replacement timeframe and a replacement deadline for each piece of equipment. Phasing plans have been used in many situations to promote the triple bottom line goals of environment, social and financial benefits. Some examples of successful phase-out plans are the Montreal Protocol for the global phase-out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and many project-specific phase-outs of light bulbs (through replacing less efficient bulbs, like T-12 lamps, with more energy efficient ones, like T-8 or T-5 lamps, only after the old bulbs burned out and required replacement)." "The intent of EAc1.4 focuses on immediate decreases in energy use by utilizing energy efficient appliances as defined by the Energy Star rating system. Over the course of the five years of the phase-out the rated equipment would actually use more energy than the Energy Star baseline. The intent of this credit is to reduce the energy use of the project at project completion and while the proposed alternate compliance approach does provide benefits regarding re-use of existing equipment, it does not provide the energy savings to meet the credit requirements. A CIR dated 3/31/2008 for CIv2.0 Cr EA1.4 requested a similar approach. The existing equipment had to meet the equivalent Energy Star performance requirements at that time. If the equipment did not meet those requirements than it could not be counted towards the threshold. Applicable Internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "5123" "2008-06-27" "Commercial Interiors" "Our client has made an excellent effort to purchase and use Energy Star equipment and appliances wherever possible in an effort to achieve the 90% threshold to achieve two points. By using the template spreadsheet they are slightly above this threshold, however, we have determined that Energy Star does not provide a label for or recognize microwave ovens. They are attempting to purchase an Energy Star model but can not find one since they are nonexistent. Since the client has (3) microwaves on the project, the template spreadsheet indicates that the threshold met for total percentage of energy star rated power on the project is down around 85% if the microwaves are listed as ""Non-Energy Star"". The Commercial Interiors reference guide states ""for all ENERGYSTAR eligible equipment and appliances installed in the project."" We strongly believe that in this instance efficient microwaves are not eligible and shall be considered as neither ""Energy-Star"" rated nor ""Non-Energy Star"" rated. Consequently, this appliance shall not be included in the calculation template." "The applicant is inquiring whether microwave ovens are exempt from the requirements of this credit, as Energy Star does not provide a label for them. Since there is no Energy Star label for microwave ovens, they would not be considered Energy Star eligible equipment and therefore are exempt from the requirements of this credit. Applicable Internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "10400" "2014-10-01" "Commercial Interiors, Retail - Commercial Interiors, Hospitality - Commercial Interiors" "The ENERGY STAR program is continuously releasing new and updated standards for products. Project teams may be unaware that a product they are purchasing is subject to an ENERGY STAR standard. Can a project team exclude equipment covered by recently developed ENERGY STAR product specifications from the prerequisite and credit calculations? If all equipment must be included, are teams required to use the rated power or can teams “discount” the rated power to reflect average consumption or actual operating power demand? And how should international projects apply this to new ENERGY STAR product specifications or other equipment or appliances where an ENERGY STAR option is not available locally?" "As required in LEED Interpretation 10044, all equipment classified as eligible by ENERGY STAR must be included in the calculations. Equipment that is procured within two years of the effective date of the first (i.e. Version 1.0) ENERGY STAR product specification for that equipment category may be included or excluded at the discretion of the project team; however, all equipment within that category must be included or excluded consistently. Refer to the ENERGY STAR product specification(s) for the effective date.\n\n Calculations may be completed using either the rated power OR the average annual power consumption, but the metric selected must be consistent for all equipment included in the calculations. For the purposes of demonstrating equivalency to the ENERGY STAR product specification by average annual power consumption, equipment purchased may use no more than the average annual energy consumption of the equivalent ENERGY STAR-qualified product as determined by the appropriate ENERGY STAR savings calculator. The average annual power consumption for purchased equipment may be demonstrated by manufacturer documentation or calculated from actual equipment operating data and anticipated use profiles.\n\n For projects located outside of the United States, the following approved standards may be used in place of ENERGY STAR for equipment categories covered by these standards: EU ENERGY STAR, TCO, Blue Angel. Additionally, equipment classified as eligible by ENERGY STAR but not ENERGY STAR-qualified may be deemed equivalent if the equipment has been labeled by a local energy label and has been rated by the labeling program to use no more than the average annual energy consumption of the equivalent ENERGY STAR-qualified product as determined by the appropriate ENERGY STAR savings calculator." "10043, 10044" "None" "X"