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LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction with Global ACPs

Format PDF
Type Reference guides
Published by U.S. Green Building Council
Published on 3 Oct 2014
Effective on 3 Oct 2014
Edition LEED 2009
Pages 114
With Global Alternative Compliance Paths

The Global Alternative Compliance Path supplement is complimentary to the LEED 2009 Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, the most comprehensive guide for the design, construction and major renovations of commercial and institutional buildings.

Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) to LEED credits provide additional options or approaches that address unique circumstances and accommodate advancements in science and technology. ACPs allow LEED to be more flexible and applicable to a wider range of projects. The LEED 2009 BD&C Global ACPs were developed for new construction and major renovations of commercial and institutional buildings, core and shell developments, and schools. These Global ACPs can be applied at the discretion of the project team, based on applicability; they are not mandatory for any project. Some Global ACPs are available only for projects outside the U.S., and others are available for all LEED projects regardless of location, as indicated in the credit language.

Navigate your LEED project from registration through certification.

From the creators of the LEED Rating System, USGBC is the leading authority for LEED green building education. This guide will provide you with detailed information on the process for achieving LEED certification, with complete credit and prerequisite information. You’ll also gain access to resources, documentation guidance, standards and implementation information.

Applicable rating systems:
LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations
LEED 2009 for Schools New Construction and Major Renovations
LEED 2009 for Core & Shell Development

Update on 1/2/2014:

A revision was made to the Global Alternative Compliance Path supplement to the LEED 2009 Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction. For credits SSc7.1 Heat Island Effect- Non-Roof and SSc7.2 Heat Island Effect- Roof, this revision provides more options for credit compliance in locations where product manufacturing data is not readily available. The guidance introduces new strategies to achieve the credit requirements by including more guidance related to in-place testing, lab testing, and using data from a previous project to achieve the credit. The guidance also includes an expanded list of resources for global teams to reference when pursuing these credits.

October 2014 Update

This supplement was updated in October 2014 to include additional guidance for projects on the following credits:
  • SS Credit 6.1: Stormwater Design – Quantity Control
  • MR Credit 2: Construction Waste Management
  • MR Credit 5: Regional Materials
  • IEQ Prerequisite 1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
  • IEQ Credit 4 Low-Emitting Materials
  • IEQ Credit 5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control

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