Introducing The LEED O+M Starter Kit | U.S. Green Building Council
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You’ve just completed a spectacular new LEED building, with its fine-tuned design and cutting-edge technologies. The team worked together perfectly (even the subcontractors), all of your synergistic strategies came together seamlessly, and the plaque ceremony was even attended by the governor!

But then, once all the pomp and circumstance has subsided, do you know how your building is performing? How much energy is it using? How much waste is it generating? Is it being cleaned in an environmentally-friendly way? Most green building rating systems focus on the design and construction of the building – the sustainable intent to perform with excellence. But we all know there’s more to sustainability than good design. How a building and its systems are operated is equally important in maintaining high performance over time.

LEED O+M Starter Kit

To that end, we introduce Pilot Credit 88: The LEED O+M Starter Kit, which carves a path for you to keep on going, pushing that building forward and ensuring that its performance endures for a lifetime.

The Starter Kit is actually a set of four pilot credits and it includes all of the LEED v4 for Operations and Maintenance policy-based prerequisites that are necessary to bring a LEED for Building Design and Construction certified project directly into the first stages of certifying the building’s ongoing performance with LEED v4 O+M.

These policies are focused on site maintenance, building systems management, purchasing, waste, cleaning and pest management, and they are fundamental to the comprehensive greening of a building’s operations. They are also all part of what we call the Establishment requirements of LEED O+M. For LEED v4, and to support Recertification, the rating system has been divided between Establishment and Performance requirements.

Establishment requirements are physical assets and policies that can be documented and approved once, and do not generally change substantially over time, while Performance requirements involve cyclical actions or ongoing tracking during the Performance Period.

Many of the Establishment requirements (such as those related to water fixture efficiency, lighting controls, and smoking prohibition) are included in the BD+C rating systems. The O+M Starter Kit consists of the remaining Establishment policy requirements that aren’t included in the BD+C rating systems.

So, add the LEED O+M Starter Kit to your BD+C application, and you’ll be ready to move right into O+M.

Once the building has been occupied for at least a year and you have a full year of energy data, you’ll be able to submit for full LEED v4 O+M certification.

Contact us and we can help you figure out that process. Each project that adopts the Starter Kit will be offered an optional conference call with GBCI reviewers to help streamline the transition.

No longer will you leave your new building’s plaque ceremony wondering what to do. Whether you’re managing the building yourself or handing the keys to someone else, you’ll have the tools needed to keep the building running efficiently and sustainably for years to come.