Closing out pilot credits | U.S. Green Building Council
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Several changes are being made to the Pilot Credit Library this fall. There are multiple pilot credits closed to new registrations, and we are introducing a new alternative compliance path: Pilot Credit 83: Alternative Compliance Path for SSc Site Development- Protect or Restore Habitat.

The use and development of land, and the resulting fragmentation of the landscape, reduces habitat range and function. USGBC seeks to provide a pathway for LEED projects to reduce or eliminate these damages. We have developed a new Pilot ACP for the BD&C and EBOM Site Development- Protect or Restore Habitat credits. This ACP provides another way for projects to earn a point towards certification by supporting habitat and land conservation.

With the launch of LEED v4 in November, several of the current pilot credits will be closed. These pilot credits have similar counterparts in v2009 and/or v4 and were tested as variations on the existing credits. Feedback was gathered which informed the reference guide and form development.

The following 9 pilot credits will be closed:

  1. Pilot Credit 70: LT - Green vehicles
  2. Pilot Credit 7: SS - Light Pollution Reduction
  3. Pilot Credit 16: SS - Rainwater Management
  4. Pilot Credit 18: WE - Appliance and Process Water Use Reduction
  5. Pilot Credit 27: PF - Reconcile Designed and Actual Energy Performance
  6. Pilot Credit 69: MR - Construction and demolition waste management
  7. Pilot Credit 21: EQ - Low Emitting Interiors
  8. Pilot Credit 22: EQ - Quality Interior Lighting - Lighting Quality Only
  9. Pilot Credit 24: EQ – Acoustics

In addition, the following 20 pilot credits will remain open, but only available to v2009 and earlier projects. These credits were new or significantly modified for v4. Keeping these credits open will allow project teams to benefit from the improved v4 credits, guidance and documentation without transferring previously registered projects into v4.


  1. Pilot Credit 45: SS - Site Assessment
  2. Pilot Credit 64: SS - Site Improvement Plan
  3. Pilot Credit 17: WE - Cooling Tower Makeup Water
  4. Pilot Credit 8: EA - Demand Response
  5. Pilot Credit 65: EA - Monitoring Based Commissioning
  6. Pilot Credit 52: MR Material Multi-Attribute Assessment
  7. Pilot Credit 53: MR - Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials
  8. Pilot Credit 61: MR - Material Multi-Attribute Assessment
  9. Pilot Credit 63: MR - Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment
  10. Pilot Credit 76: MR - Material ingredient reporting
  11. Pilot Credit 77: MR - Material ingredient optimization
  12. Pilot Credit 60: ID - Integrative Process


  1. Pilot Credit 9: LT - Street Network
  2. Pilot Credit 30: LT - Alternative Transportation
  3. Pilot Credit 38: PF - Advanced Utility Tracking
  4. Pilot Credit 71: EA - Performance of ENERGY STAR For Homes
  5. Pilot Credit 72: EA - Active Solar-Ready Design
  6. Pilot Credit 73: EA - HVAC Start-Up Credentialing
  7. Pilot Credit 74: EQ - No Environmental Tobacco Smoke
  8. Pilot Credit 28: IP - Trades Training
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