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) "Reference Guide Correction" "100001177" "2012-04-01" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction, Retail - New Construction, Healthcare" "100001176" "None" "Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition $ Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition, updated June 2010 " "BD+C RG: 328" "6. Calculations" "After the first sentence, add the following: ""If an energy model was used to document compliance with EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance, the data from the energy model must be used as the basis for determining the electricity consumption for this credit.""" "Reference Guide Correction" "100000994" "2011-08-01" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Core and Shell, Retail - New Construction, Healthcare" "None" "None" "Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition $ Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition, updated June 2010 " "BD+C RG: 328" "4. Implementation, bullet 3" "Add the following paragraph to the end of item 3: \n""The vintage of any REC purchased to meet the Green Power credit requirements must be valid according to the Green-e vintage requirements as written on the date of purchase. Project teams must affirm in writing that the purchased RECs are being claimed for use on this particular LEED Project only."" " "Global ACP" "100001511" "2012-10-01" "Retail - New Construction, Healthcare" "None" "None" "X" "Healthcare Supplement to Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition $ Retail Supplement to Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition" "HC RS 50, Retail NC RS 43" "Requirements" "Add ""or an equivalent"" to the end of the first sentence." "Global ACP" "100001512" "2012-10-01" "Retail - New Construction, Healthcare" "None" "None" "X" "Healthcare Supplement to Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition $ Retail Supplement to Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition" "HC RS 50, Retail NC RS 43" "Requirements" "Add the following after the second paragraph: ""If the green power is not Green-e Energy certified, equivalence must exist for both major Green-e Energy program criteria: 1) current green power performance standards, and 2) independent, third-party verification that those standards are being met by the green power supplier over time.""" "Global ACP" "100001257" "2012-07-06" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "None" "None" "X" "Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition $ Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition, updated June 2010" "NC RS: 50, CS RS: 51, Schools RS: 55" "Requirements" "Add ""or an equivalent"" to the end of the first paragraph." "Global ACP" "100001258" "2012-07-06" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "None" "None" "X" "Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition $ Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition, updated June 2010" "NC RS: 50, CS RS: 51, Schools RS: 55" "Requirements" "Add a new paragraph after the second paragraph that reads: ""If the green power is not Green-e Energy certified, equivalence must exist for both major Green-e Energy program criteria: 1) current green power performance standards, and 2) independent, third-party verification that those standards are being met by the green power supplier over time.""" "Global ACP" "100001259" "2012-07-06" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "None" "None" "X" "Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition $ Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition, updated June 2010" "NC RS: 50, CS RS: 51, Schools RS: 55" "Option 2" "Delete the box that states ""This OPTION is not available to Projects outside the U.S.""" "Global ACP" "100001260" "2012-07-06" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "None" "None" "X" "Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition $ Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition, updated June 2010" "NC RS: 50, CS RS: 51, Schools RS: 55" "Option 2" "Delete the box that states ""Note for Projects outside the U.S.""" "LEED Interpretation" "10031" "2011-05-09" "New Construction, Existing Buildings, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "Are Ecoenergy labeled electricity products applicable for LEED EB O&M EA credit 4: Renewable energy? " "Ecoenergy-labeled electricity products can qualify for EAc4 provided that equivalency with Green-e certification is demonstrated by the project team. The Green-e standard is located on their website: http://wee.green-e.org" "None" "None" "LEED Interpretation" "10038" "2011-05-09" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Core and Shell, Existing Buildings" "For a project that is obtaining its energy from a small hydro-electric plant, the energy from which is classified as renewable by the local government, is the use of renewable energy from small hydroelectric plant an acceptable approach to obtain the possible points of the EA Credit 4: On-site and Off-site Renewable Energy?" "In order to claim energy from small-scale offsite hydroelectric plants as renewable, the project team must demonstrate equivalency to (or actual) Green-E certification of the energy. Applicable internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "10089" "2011-08-01" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors" "Our project is located in Shanghai, China where renewable energy contracts are not directly available from the local utility company ruling out option 1 and option 2 for EAc6: Green Power. \n\nRather than pursue the compliance path involving purchase of Green-e energy certified RECs from the US we would like to purchase Green-e climate certified carbon offsets for the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the electricity used by the project over the two-year period.\n\nBecause we do not have a complete picture of the annual energy usage of the space at this time we propose to use the LEED recommended default figure of 8kWh psf per year with a China specific emission factor to determine the necessary volume of offsets required to cover the calculated kWh of energy used (i.e. for two years\' worth of usage).\n\nA precedent for this compliance path was set by Haworth with their LEED CI v2.0 fit out in Washington, DC. Please confirm whether this would be acceptable for this project (or this type of project for LEED Interpretation) and advise any additional requirements of which we need to be congnizant when pursuing the alternative compliance path." "The Project team is requesting clarification regarding whether Energy and Atmosphere Credit 6: Green Power, can be achieved by purchasing Green-e certified carbon credits instead of RECs to offset the greenhouse gas emissions for the electricity used by the project. The approach is not acceptable. Please note that past project reviews do not set precedent for future projects. The intent of the credit is to encourage the development and use of grid-source, renewable technologies on a net zero pollution basis. Carbon offsets do not necessarily meet this intent.\nAlso note that the credit requirements do not constrain the project team to purchase Green-e RECs from the United States. The project team has the option of documenting that the renewable energy purchased is ""Green-e certified or equivalent"". As stated in the 2009 LEED Reference Guide for Green Interior Design and Construction, page 200, ""if renewable energy is not Green-e certified, establish that it is equivalent for the 2 major criteria for Green-e certification: (1) the energy source meets the requirements for renewable resources detailed in the current version of the Green-e standard, and (2) the renewable energy supplier has undergone an independent, third party verification that the standard has been met."" Applicable internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "10126" "2011-11-01" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction, Retail - New Construction, Healthcare, Hospitality - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Retail - Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings, Schools - Existing Buildings, Retail - Existing Buildings" "The LEED EB:O&M Reference Guide does not specify precisely when during the LEED application review process Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) must be purchased, it only requires that the RECs meet specific percentages of the building\'s total energy use from the performance period.\n\nOur project team would like to wait until after the final review to file an appeal in order to purchase RECs and have EAc4 points included in the project\'s total before accepting certification.\n\nCan EAc4 thresholds be met by RECs purchased after the final review when filed through the appeal process?" "A project team may elect to add and pursue EA c4 as part of an appeal after the project building\'s performance period has ended and after the Final Review has been completed and purchase RECs at that time, as long as the RECs purchased are based on the total annual site energy usage value reported for EAp2 and are allocated to the project building only. Note that at the time of appeal submittal, the project must have entered into a contract or commitment for future purchases to meet the 2-year requirement. Applicable internationally." "400013061/400012752 BDC - Directed Purchase, 400013061/400012752 IDC - Directed Purchase, 10389" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "10162" "2012-04-01" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction, Retail - New Construction, Healthcare, Data centers - New Construction, Hospitality - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Retail - Commercial Interiors" "If a project receives an allotment of REC credits from a larger corporation in the required amount and states that the REC credits will not be counted towards or used for any other project within the corporation`s portfolio, will this meet the credit requirements? If yes, what if any additional submittal requirements are necessary to illustrate the intent of the credit has been met?" "The project is requesting that REC\'s purchased from a larger corporation meet the credit requirements on a single project. Yes, this approach is acceptable given that the project has purchased Green-e accredited Tradable Renewable Certificates (RECs) equal to at least 35% (or 50% for LEED-CI projects) of the predicted annual electrical consumption for the project building over a 2-year period. In addition to the standard submittal requirements, a statement in the form of an email or letter from the building portfolio owner should be provided confirming that that the REC credits will not be counted towards or used for any other project within the corporation`s portfolio." "None" "None" "LEED Interpretation" "10219" "2012-07-01" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction, Retail - Commercial Interiors, Healthcare" "Regarding LEED BD&C EAc6: As the cost of renewable energy sources (PV, in particular) continues to drop, the number of projects able to pursue a site net zero energy goal will continue to increase. The final estimation of electricity consumption for EAc1, Optimize Energy Performance, includes the impact of renewable energy determined through EAc2, On-Site Renewable Energy. The credit language for EAc6 indicates that the annual electricity consumption is to be determined from the results of EAc1 or CBECS. Based on this language, it would appear that a net zero energy project would not need to purchase any renewable energy credits (i.e. green power) to achieve EAc6. If a project was 99% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007 as determined for EAc1, the green power purchase required would be clear, albeit very small. EAc6 seems to conflict with facilities wanting to increase their energy performance to net zero. Please clarify this credit to support projects seeking net zero. " "The applicant is asking whether EA Credit 6 - Green Power, and by extension, EAc6 exemplary performance, may be automatically awarded for projects that are designed to be net-zero in terms of average annual energy use without the purchase of green power or renewable energy credits. \nYes. If the project produces 100% or more of its electricity as on-site generated renewable electricity, as documented in EAc2 - On-site Renewable Energy, the project is eligible to earn EAc6 and one Innovation in Design point for Exemplary Performance in Green Power. However, for any project that is connected to the electric utility grid, the following requirements apply to ensure that the project meets the credit intent if the project does not achieve net-zero performance once built:\n1. If a Green-e certified or equivalent utility program is available to the project in the project location, then the project team must provide a 2-year contract or Owner\'s letter of Commitment indicating that the project will commit to a 2-year enrollment period in the program for at least 35% of the provided electrical energy for EA Credit 6, or 70% of the provided electrical energy for Exemplary Performance in Green Power.\n2. If a Green-e certified or equivalent utility program is not available to the project in the project location, then the project team must provide a letter of commitment signed by the Owner or Owner\'s representative confirming:\na. That a Green-e certified or equivalent utility program is not available to the project.\nb. That the project will review the purchased annual energy consumption for the first two years of occupancy, and will commit to purchase RECs to offset 35% of the purchased electrical consumption for EA Credit 6, or 70% of the provided electrical consumption for Exemplary Performance in Green Power. " "None" "None" "LEED Interpretation" "1611" "2006-11-06" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell, Existing Buildings" "LEED Energy and Atmosphere Green Power Credit Interpretation Request A CIR Ruling dated November 2003, allows the portion of Seattle City Light\'s Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) certified electrical production to be credited towards satisfying the requirements of LEED-NC v2.1 EA Credit 6.0 Green Power. Since May 2003 when the Skagit Hydropower Project received LIHI certification, Seattle City Light began offering green tags to all retail customers through its Green Up program. Customers have the option to purchase a portion or all of their electricity supply from the Stateline Wind Power Project. Stateline began producing electricity in December 2001. Seattle City Light would now like to provide one renewable power program to LEED and other retail electrical customers that combines the portion of generation certified through LIHI, with the balance of renewable power provided with Seattle City Light green tags, in order to allow projects to meet the requirements needed to satisfy the Green Power Credits available across all LEED products. To define the portion of LIHI provided generation, the following table shows the annual contributions of the LIHI certified Skagit Hydroelectric Project (Gorge, Diablo and Ross facilities), total annual generation, annual averages, and three year averages for the first three years of LIHI certification. (Read in table format) MWH | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 3 Year Average (Headings) Ross MWh | 673,558 | 674,640 | 465,810 | 604,669 Gorge MWh | 854,491 | 855,132 | 644,060 | 784,561 Diablo MWh | 736,778 | 737,626 | 542,715 | 672,373 Total LIHI Certified MWh | 2,264,827 | 2,267,398 | 1,652,585 | 2,061,603 Total Seattle City Light MWh | 9,440,301 | 9,561,757 | 9,711,154 | 9,571,071 Percentage LIHI | 23.99% | 23.71% | 17.02% | 21.54% City Light proposes that LEED Green Power credits within the Seattle City Light service area can be satisfied through a two year contract with Seattle City Light in which 21.54% of the renewable energy requirement is met by LIHI certified power from the Skagit Hydropower Project and the balance provided by green tags from the Stateline Wind Project." "[Updated 12/21/2006] The applicant is requesting qualification of a Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) certified power for EAc6, Green Power. Renewable energy power sources are defined by the Center for Resource Solutions Green-e program. The proposed combination will be categorized as a Competitive Electricity and Utility Green Pricing Product. To demonstrate compliance with credit requirements any power supplied should demonstrate equivalence with the section IV of the Green-e Renewable Electricity Certification Program National Standard Version 1.3, as well as with all the requirements of CIR ruling dated 11/4/2002." "None" "None" "LEED Interpretation" "1743" "2007-03-28" "New Construction, Existing Buildings, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "The project owner wishes to purchase a green power product that is not Green-e certified, but is asserted to comply with the technical aspects of the standard. How do we document equivalence?" "Using a formal third-party verification program is not required, but projects are required to document to USGBC that their renewable supplier has 1) met the Green-e criteria, and 2) properly accounted for the eligible renewable resources sold. This documentation to USGBC must include some type of meaningful verification work performed by a qualified, disinterested third party. Example documentation methods to USGBC that meet this requirement include: a) providing a state-mandated power disclosure label from the renewable supplier in states with meaningful regulatory requirements for renewable energy disclosure and accounting practices, as well as meaningful penalties for violations; b) providing a green power scorecard or rating from a credible, independent entity that performs meaningful verification of green power characteristics and accounting practices. In either case projects must confirm that the third-party entity\'s regulatory or verification programs are meaningful, summarizing those programs to USGBC as part of their certification application and highlighting any auditing or other independent checks the program performs. Other documentation methods will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This ruling applies to all the LEED Rating Systems having a similar ""green power"" credit. Applicable Internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "1744" "2007-03-28" "New Construction, Existing Buildings, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "What is required in order to document equivalence with Green-e certified power" "Using a formal third-party verification program is not required, but projects are required to document to USGBC that their renewable supplier has 1) met the Green-e criteria, and 2) properly accounted for the eligible renewable resources sold. This documentation to USGBC must include some type of meaningful verification work performed by a qualified, disinterested third party. Example documentation methods to USGBC that meet this requirement include: a) providing a state-mandated power disclosure label from the renewable supplier in states with meaningful regulatory requirements for renewable energy disclosure and accounting practices, as well as meaningful penalties for violations; b) providing a green power scorecard or rating from a credible, independent entity that performs meaningful verification of green power characteristics and accounting practices. In either case projects must confirm that the third-party entity\'s regulatory or verification programs are meaningful, summarizing those programs to USGBC as part of their certification application and highlighting any auditing or other independent checks the program performs. Other documentation methods will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This ruling applies to all the LEED Rating Systems having a similar ""green power"" credit. Applicable Internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "2119" "2008-10-03" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell, Existing Buildings" "Energy and Atmosphere Credit 6 - Green Power requires energy from renewable sources, defining renewable sources by the Centre for Resource Solutions Green E products certification requirements. In Canada, the CAGBC uses the Ecologo certification from Environment Canada Environmental Choice program for certification of their Green Power credit. This project which is located in Canada, is using the USGBC Core and Shell as there is no Core and Shell through the Canadian Green Building Council as of yet. While Green E certification exists in a small amount of Canadian distributors, most of the Canadian market uses Ecologo. In order to pursue the Green Power credit through the USGBC can the Ecologo certification be used in place of the Green E certification requirements? Will the submittal of the Ecologo certification replace the need to prove equivalency with the Green E certification requirements?" "The project team is asking if its renewable energy certified by Ecologo will comply with the credit requirements for its project located in Canada. If the renewable energy is not Green-e certified, then the project team must prove equivalency to the Green-e technical requirements or pursue certification through LEED Canada. Applicable Internationally; Canada. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "415" "2002-11-04" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell, Existing Buildings" "ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE: Green Power (EA Credit 6.0) Credit Interpretation Request Washington State does not require electric utilities to provide retail open-access. The Seattle Justice is required to purchase electrical power from the local municipal utility, Seattle City Light. Seattle City Light (SCL) wants to prove a LEED electrical energy product that qualifies for the EA Credit 6.0 to any LEED project within SCL\'s service area and proposes the following approach: Seattle City Light estimates that the current resource mix includes 25-28% renewable generation as defined by Green-e, composed of low impact hydro and possibly wind and other renewables. The utility will certify the low impact hydro component, estimated at 25% of the total mix, through the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. SCL will assist projects to ""green up"" the remaining 25% balance in order to achieve 50% renewable energy content by facilitating the purchase of Green Tags for participating LEED projects. Projects may elect to purchase green tags from existing or new renewable resources from SCL, the Bonneville Power Administration or other providers of green tags. As a part of the Credit documentation, the Seattle Justice Center will write a letter attesting that the mix or renewables serving the LEED project meets the following criteria: 1. SCL supplied renewable power plus Green Tags are equal to 50% of the project\'s energy consumption. 2. The energy and green tag sources meet the Green-e definition of renewable energy, which includes wind, solar, low impact hydro, methane recovery, etc., and, 3. Green Tags purchased have not been double sold, as verified by contract or purchase agreement." "Per LEED Interpretation 0214-EAc60-122101, if Green-e rated power is not available in the project\'s region, other sources of green power may be eligible for consideration. The alternative source must satisfy the criteria of the Green-e program, which is detailed on page 163 of the LEED Reference Guide (formatted version of June 2001). Of the five listed criteria, one is based on renewable content of 50% of more. The alternative energy source must also meet the other four criteria. If the SCL product contains 25% low impact hydropower, certifies its low impact hydro power through the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, as required in the Green-e program, AND meets the other Green-e criteria, SCL energy could be considered \'equivalent\' to half of the green power benefit associated with Green-e products. The rest of the green power benefit would need to be purchased in the form of Green Tags for half of the building load. In summary, in order to achieve a Green Power credit for SCL product the following is required: 1. SCL must certify its low impact hydropower with the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. 2. SCL must write a letter stating what percentage of its product is comprised of renewable energy (including certified low impact hydropower). 3. SCL product must also confirm that the remaining green-e criteria are met (addressing emissions, \'new renewable\' power and nuclear power) and state this in their letter. 4. The project must purchase Green Tags to meet the difference between SCL\'s product renewable % and green-e renewable content of 50%. (i.e.. if SCL contains 25% renewable content, this meets half the requirement and Green Tags would be required for the equivalent of half the building load over two years to meet the other half of the requirement.) Applicable Internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "5201" "2009-04-27" "New Construction, Core and Shell" "The 75 Station Landing project is a seven story, 175,000 SF residential apartment building with 168 apartments and 8,500 SF of core/shell retail space. The building is located in a new mixed-use, transit-oriented development located adjacent to the Wellington MBTA Station in Medford, MA. The project is seeking certification under LEED for New Construction v2.2. The Owner would like to pursue EAc6, Green Power, for the common areas and systems of the project. Each apartment has its own utility electric meter, as does the core/shell retail space, and each tenant will be responsible to pay their own electric bill. Therefore, the only electricity use over which the Owner will have control is the common areas and central systems. We have not been able to find any CBECS data for apartment buildings. The LEED NC v2.2 Reference manual appears to be silent on how to approach this issue, and the LEED CS v2.0 reference manual, while including a method for calculating core and shell electric use for many different types of buildings, also appears to be silent concerning apartment buildings. Please confirm that the following approach will be acceptable to USGBC for EAc6 compliance: Using the energy model created for EAc1 compliance, we will sum the electricity used in common areas, corridors, lobbies, amenity areas and offices. We will exclude the electricity used within the apartment units. Common Area electricity uses will include, but not be limited to: lighting (indoors and out), miscellaneous common area power, elevators, main building condenser water system (for the apartment heat pumps), central toilet exhaust riser fans, and HVAC for common areas. We expect that will exceed the normal 15% default minimum that is required under LEED-CS. We will exclude the electricity used in the apartments, which will be for lighting, miscellaneous apartment power, and water source heat pump units. We propose to purchase a minimum of 35% green power (that complies with the green power requirements and definitions already in LEED NC v2.2) for a period of two years for the Common Area electricity used as described above. We would also propose that an innovation credit be available if the project purchased 70% of the Common Area green power for a period of two years, or if the project purchased 35% green power for a period of four years." "The applicant is seeking clarification regarding if residential spaces within a mixed-use LEED-NC project can be excluded from consideration when determining the quantity of green energy required for compliance. No, it is not acceptable to exclude any areas within the LEED-NC project when determining the required green energy purchase. It should be noted that while the building owner may not be responsible for the residential energy use, green tags may be purchased and allocated to the residential areas of the building by the building owner. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "5249" "2007-02-07" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Core and Shell" "The project building is a naturally ventilated building that does not have a mechanical air handling system. For the EAc1 submittal ASHRAE 90.1-1999 requires that the building be modeled with air-conditioning, even though there is no air-conditioning equipment. EAc6 requires that the green power purchase contract be based on the DEC"" value provided in the EAc1 submittal. In the case of naturally ventilated buildings, it seems unreasonable to be required to purchase green power for equipment that is not installed. We propose that for this project, a naturally ventilated building without air handling equipment, the green power purchase contract should be based on an adjusted value equal to the DEC"" value minus the cooling energy use of the building, as obtained from the energy simulation summary output. If a Green Power purchase contract, that meets the requirements of EAc6, is based on the adjusted DEC"" then the modeled net electricity use for the building will be provided by grid-source, renewable energy technologies on a net zero pollution basis, meeting the intent of the credit to: ""Encourage the development and use of grid-source, renewable energy technologies on a net zero pollution basis."" As ASHRAE 90.1 is not written for naturally ventilated buildings we feel that it is of paramount importance to avoid penalizing naturally ventilated buildings that are consuming considerably less energy than the conventionally air-conditioned buildings for which ASHRAE 90.1 was written. Is DEC"" minus the cooling energy, as obtained from the energy simulation results, an appropriate baseline amount for the purpose of a green power purchase contract for naturally ventilated buildings without air handling equipment?" "The project is proposing an alternative method for calculating the Green Power requirements for a naturally ventilated building. If an energy simulation is performed for EAc1, then the project team may subtract their simulated cooling energy from the proposed design energy consumption (DEC""). This must be clearly documented in the team\'s submittal. The project team may also calculate Green Power requirements based on one year of actual utility bills. Naturally ventilated projects using the above alternative methods for calculating Green Power requirements must also confirm that no cooling system exists in the building. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "538" "2003-05-05" "New Construction, Existing Buildings, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "APPROACH As a firm representing several projects seeking LEED certification, we respectfully submit the following Credit Interpretation Request (CIR). In an effort to achieve EA Credit 6 (EAc60), our firm performed due diligence and has identified a wholesale provider of Green Power. Although retail renewable electricity certificate (REC) products exist in the marketplace, these products are not optimal for high-volume purchasers. Potential purchasers of high-volumes of Green Power should have the option to choose a wholesale certificate-based transaction. Such transactions provide the high-volume buyer flexibility to choose the type of generation it wishes to support, the market from which Green Power is purchased (regulated or competitive), the location of the generation facilities, transparent price discovery, a choice of fuel-mix, and most importantly, flexible pricing structures. PROPOSED SUBMITTAL ELEMENT An element of LEED Version 2.1 EAc60 requires the submittal of ""a copy of the two-year electric utility purchase contract for power generated from renewable sources."" With respect to the Potential Technologies & Strategies described on page 32 of the LEED Green Building Rating System, it is our position that this Submittal's requirement of an ""electric utility purchase contract"" does not accurately reflect the type of contract, or financial agreement, entered into when utilizing the following certificate-based procurement strategies: a) ""Green-e certified Tradable Renewable Certificates"" b) ""other power supply that meets the Green-e renewable power definition"" Therefore, we request and propose that the following be added or deemed an acceptable EAc60 Submittal: ""a copy of the two-year electric utility purchase OR renewable electricity certificate contract for power generated from renewable sources."" The interim acceptability and/or inclusion of the proposed language, as part of EAc60 Submittals, is significant in that it accurately reflects the financial agreement between owner, tenant or responsible party, and the seller. Currently, the owner, tenant or responsible party can procure Green Power from sources other than an electric utility or power marketer, therefore we feel that the EAc60 Submittals should be adapted to clearly represent the distinction and to facilitate and encourage an open and competitive Green Power market. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION It is our Intent to encourage the development and use of grid-source, renewable energy technologies on a net zero pollution basis through direct payment and/or support to renewable generation facilities. The direct payment will be outlined in a financial agreement between the project owner, tenant or other responsible party and the owner or operator of the renewable generation facility. We intend to employ the services of a wholesale renewable energy broker to facilitate and structure the financial agreement(s) so as to select the least-cost renewable electricity and /or REC provider(s). Our Green Power procurement strategy includes promoting the development of new capacity through the sourcing of renewable electricity certificates in both competitive and regulated electricity markets, with or without the availability of a green pricing program or retail certificate-based products. Moreover, the Requirements set-forth in EAc60 will be met and/or exceeded in a brokered certificate-based Green Power transaction. The wholesale renewable energy broker will provide documentation guaranteeing the renewable generation facility meets and/or exceeds the criteria and requirements set-forth by the Center for Resource Solutions as defined in \'Attachment C: Green-e National Tradable Renewable Certificate (TRC) Standard\' (http://www.green-e.org/pdf/trc_standard.pdf). In addition, the wholesale renewable energy broker will arrange independent, third-party verification to guarantee the renewable electricity was produced and sold as defined in the contract or transaction agreement. Furthermore, a year-end audit will be performed by an independent, third-party accountant verifying that no double counting of renewable generation has occurred. It is our continued position that the proposed language for the EAc60 Submittal Element will promote the growth and development of the renewable energy industry and related sustainable markets. Therefore, we respectfully request that the Project Manager accept the proposed language referenced above and/or grant EAc60 credit to the owner, tenet or responsible party who submits to USGBC a copy of a two-year renewable electricity certificate contract for power generated from renewable sources." "The proposed power resale marketing strategy appears to meet the intent of encouraging the use of grid-source renewable energy, but the description of how this strategy encourages the development of new renewable energy sources is unclear. A project submitting for this credit would need to clearly document that the power purchased under this arrangement meets or exceeds the Green-e Certification requirements. Provision of a ""renewable electricity contract for power generated from renewable sources"" is acceptable provided the contract represents purchase of at least 2 years worth of renewable electricity for 50% for the building's energy load. Applicable Internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "10389" "2014-07-01" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction, Retail - New Construction, Healthcare, Commercial Interiors, Retail - Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings, Existing Buildings - Recertification" "The project team is planning on installing a Cogeneration System that will take Biogas and turn it into Electricity to be used wholly on-site. The heat produced by this Cogeneration system will also fully be used on-site to preheat heating hot water and domestic hot water via a heat exchanger and potentially to power an absorption chiller.\n\nThe building will receive the Biogas from a local Biogas provider and plans to enter into at least a 10 year contract with this provider to supply enough Biogas to the building to fully power the planned Cogeneration system. The contract will stipulate both that enough Biogas will be fed into the pipeline to meet required demands of the Cogeneration system and that the Biogas will be metered to prove that the actual amount of Biogas supplied meets the contracted requirements at all times.\n\nThough the Biogas is not being piped exclusively to the site (contractually it is supplied exclusively via project ownership funds), it is transported directly to the site in the existing natural gas pipeline. This approach achieves the exact same net result on the Natural Gas grid as piping Biogas exclusively to the project site in its own dedicated pipeline and allows the project to avoid having to dig up 100s of miles of land and lay a brand new pipeline to the project, something that would have a significantly detrimental effect on the local environment. In an urban environment like where the project is located, there is little or no option to be able to refine and extract Biogas on-site or even very close to a site, so the approach the project team is suggesting is the best and most reasonable alternative.\n\nIs this approach acceptable in accordance with the Reference Guide and Addendum 100001081 (November 1, 2011)?" "Directed Biogas purchase is not considered on-site renewable energy based on the current EAc2 credit requirements, addenda and LEED Interpretations, because the gas consumed on-site is not the same as the biogas that the project purchased. Please note that the referenced Addendum 100001081 does not allow for the fuel used on site to be different than the fuel that was purchased for the project. The referenced addendum applies for situations such as landfill gas piped directly to the project from a nearby landfill, or wood pellets from wood mill residue that are trucked to the project. In either case, it would not be acceptable for the landfill gas or pellets generated from wood mill residue to be ""purchased"" by the project, used in another project, and replaced in the project with natural gas or wood pellets produced from tree tops. Also, note that NREL refers to directed biogas as off-site renewable energy." "10126, 100001081" "None" "X" "X" "Regional ACP" "100001976" "2014-10-01" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction, Retail - New Construction" "None" "None" "X" "South America" "LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction 2009 Edition (Updated June 2010)" "325" "Requirements" "Add the following after the first paragraph in the Requirements section:\n\n “Projects in South America may use the Brazilian “Certificado de Energia Renovável” (Renewable Energy Certificate) with additional parameters in place of Green-e Energy.”" "Regional ACP" "100001974" "2014-10-01" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction, Retail - New Construction, Healthcare, Commercial Interiors, Retail - Commercial Interiors" "None" "None" "Europe" "Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 edition" "BD+C RG 2nd ed: 325" "Requirements" "Projects in Europe may use the following approved standards in place of Green-e Energy: "