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October 2010

This is the fifth edition of the LEED Update newsletter from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED Update will keep LEED project teams and others who are interested in being informed and up-to-date on LEED news and updates. You are receiving LEED Update because you have subscribed for it, but you may have colleagues who might also benefit by subscribing to LEED Update. Please feel free to forward this newsletter.

LEED Certification Work Zone

Do you have questions about a recent LEED review or about the certification process in general? If so, stop by the LEED Certification Work Zone at Greenbuild for a chance to meet GBCI's LEED reviewers as well as members of the LEED Online team. GBCI and USGBC staff will be on-site throughout the week to answer questions about LEED requirements, credit forms, and LEED Online functionality. Additionally, staff specialists will be available during scheduled Q&A sessions to address your questions on hot topics such as energy and HVAC credits, LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, multiple building & campus projects, and more!

LEED Online v3 Form Upgrades

Several additional LEED 2009 credit forms have been released from beta status. The new forms address known glitches, improve navigation, and enhance performance.

  • LEED for Core & Shell and Precertification: 12 forms released in early October 2010
  • LEED for Schools: 8 forms released in early October 2010
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: 34 forms released in early October 2010

Currently available post-beta forms and their associated changes are listed here.

Post-Certification Resources

GBCI is pleased to announce recent improvements to the ordering process for LEED project plaques and certificates as well as the resources available to project teams following LEED certification. The ordering process has been simplified—project teams can now easily place custom orders online directly with Greenplaque, our fulfillment vendor. The manual certification acceptance and plaque order forms are no longer required. Please visit GBCI's post-certification resources page to learn more.

Pilot Credit Library

USGBC is announcing the relaunch of the LEED Pilot Credit Library. LEED's newest rating system development tool allows project teams to test new credits and innovative strategies as they are proposed, before they are incorporated into the member-balloted collection of LEED rating system credits. As a result, project teams have a unique opportunity to work interactively with USGBC membership, committee members, and staff to help shape the LEED credits of the future. Ten credits are currently available to project teams for immediate use.

Additional information on the Pilot Credit Library, as well as an overview of evaluation criteria and FAQs, is available on the Pilot Credit Library Webpage. Project teams interested in participating in the pilot test of a credit are required to register here.

USGBC's Building Performance Partnership

USGBC's Building Performance Partnership (BPP) is currently engaging owners and managers of LEED-certified commercial and residential buildings in an effort to optimize building performance through data collection, analysis and action. Phase One of the partnership focuses on energy and water performance data and is based in ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager for commercial projects and Earth Aid for residential projects. BPP participants are eligible for annual performance reports, report cards and real-time data interfaces to aid in their building performance goals.

Visit the BPP webpage for more information on the program and how to become a partner in this important effort. FAQs and more information on getting started with BPP are available here.

Guidance for Certifying Attached Buildings Separately

USGBC has published new guidance for project teams wishing to certify a building that is attached to another building, either horizontally or vertically. This guidance supersedes the interpretation of MPR #2: Must Be a Complete, Permanent Building or Space that is written in version 1 of the MPR Supplemental Guidance. Both documents can be found here.

2010 Application Guide for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects

The 2010 Application Guide for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects is now available to help project teams more easily and efficiently certify multiple LEED projects located on one site or campus. This free document was created to provide guidance when applying the LEED rating systems to multiple-building and on-campus projects that are on a shared site under the control of a single entity such as a commercial or educational campus or government installation.

See www.usgbc.org/campusguidance for more information.

Version 2.0 - District and Campus Thermal Energy Guidance

USGBC has published updated, expanded, and improved guidance for LEED projects connected to a district or campus thermal energy system. The document now covers all design and construction programs for both LEED v2.x and LEED 2009. Improvements include more flexible compliance options for the energy efficiency requirements, more detailed guidance for how to apply energy models, discussion of a broader variety of project circumstances, and incorporation of instructions for addressing cogeneration. LEED 2009 projects must use version 2.0 of the guidance; LEED v2.x projects may use either version 1.0 or version 2.0. USGBC will release similar district and campus energy guidance for the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance program in the coming months.

See the District and Campus Thermal Energy guidance document here.

Advanced Energy Modeling for LEED, Technical Manual

USGBC has released the Advanced Energy Modeling for LEED, Technical Manual for EA Credit 1–Option 1, Whole Building Energy Simulation. This manual is intended for LEED reviewers and project team members with intermediate or advanced understanding of energy modeling, referenced standards, and energy codes. This edition is primarily applicable to LEED for New Construction v2.2, LEED for Core & Shell v2.0, and LEED for Schools 2007; it can also be adapted for the Building Design and Construction LEED 2009 rating systems. The manual includes chapters on referenced standards, key simulation outputs, submittals and documentation, applicable CIRs, verification of proposed savings, simulation input-output consistency, sample exceptional calculation methodologies accepted by USGBC, and others.

A book preview is available. Visit the USGBC Publications Page for more information.

Daylight and Views Supplemental Calculation Spreadsheet Available for Use

A new supplemental calculator is available for the most recent version of the Daylight and Views forms for all LEED 2009 rating systems.

  • LEED for New Construction: IEQc8.1 and 8.2 released April 2010
  • LEED for Core & Shell: IEQc8.1 and 8.2 released April 2010
  • LEED for Schools: IEQc8.1 and 8.2 released May 2010
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors: IEQc8.1 and 8.2 released August 2010
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M: IEQc2.4 released October 2010

As noted at the bottom of every post-beta form (v3.0), the calculator is located under the Credit Resources link for projects that registered after the calculator became available or requested the most recent version of the form. The calculator must be downloaded, completed, and uploaded as supporting documentation to streamline the submittal and review process for these credits.

More information on LEED 2009 Form Updates and credit resources is available here.

LEED 2009 Checklists Updated

The project checklists for all five LEED 2009 rating systems were recently updated. Changes to the "Detailed" version of the checklist include:

  1. New column designating Design or Construction credit type
  2. New notes column
  3. Unlocked tab to provide project teams greater flexibility in personalizing checklists

Checklists are available for download from the rating system pages under the LEED v3 heading.

Regional Priority Credits for International Projects

LEED projects outside of the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam are now eligible to earn bonus points via a new set of recently implemented Regional Priority credits (RPCs). These credits are an interim solution as USGBC works towards a long-term strategy for identifying the myriad regional environmental priorities across the globe. The RPCs for international projects were selected to incentivize the achievement of credits that address energy efficiency and water conservation. These priority credits will be automatically applied to all currently registered and future LEED 2009 projects outside of the aforementioned areas.

View the RPCs for international projects here.

Practical Strategies in Green Building – Hotels

The third installment of the USGBC's "Practical Strategies" line of collateral has been released. This resource highlights LEED-certified hotels, focusing on the most innovative environmental strategies implemented by each property. As with the other Practical Strategies guides, this document is meant to showcase examples that can inspire and guide hotel and lodging professionals pursuing LEED certification for their own projects.

This guide is available here.

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