In a LEED for Core & Shell building, tenants can choose whether to pursue LEED for Commercial Interiors without affecting the building’s LEED for Core & Shell certification. However, if a developer makes technical requirements from the LEED for Core & Shell Rating System part of a binding lease or sales agreement, the project may be able to earn additional points for credits with technical requirements not addressed in the Core & Shell project design and construction scope. By encouraging green building practices in the tenant’s scope of work, Core & Shell projects with a limited scope can achieve credits for activities that would otherwise be beyond their design and
Compliance through a binding tenant lease or sales agreement can be pursued as an alternative to or in conjunction with the standard approach to LEED for Core & Shell credit documentation. Clearly identify which components of the credit will be implemented as part of the developer’s scope of work, and which portions will be part of the tenants’ scope of work and enforced through binding tenant lease or sales agreements.