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Review our points breakdown for the LEED v4 credits for Building Design and Construction.

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the requirements and options in LEED.

In a previous article, we explained the difference between prerequisites, credits and points. Now, we’ll show how you can use them—starting with LEED Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C). In LEED v4, this rating system addresses the following project types:

  • New construction
  • Core and shell
  • School
  • Retail
  • Data centers
  • Warehouses and distribution centers
  • Hospitality
  • Health care

In the chart below, we’ve outlined all of the prerequisites and credits, as well as the maximum number of points you can earn for each credit. We know that different buildings serve different purposes—schools are not built like data centers—so the number of prerequisites, credits and points may vary.

LEED BD+C prerequisites and credits

C = Credit; P = Prerequisite

Integrative Process

Credit/Prerequisite Name New Construction Core and Shell Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Health care
Integrated Project
Planning and Design (P)
n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Req'd
Integrative
Process (C)
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Location and Transportation

Credit/Prerequisite Name New Construction Core and Shell Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Health care
LEED for Neighborhood Development Location (C) 16 20 15 16 16 16 16 9
Sensitive Land Protection (C) 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
High Priority Site (C) 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2
Surrounding Density and Diverse Uses (C) 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 1
Access to Quality Transit (C) 5 6 4 5 5 5 5 2
Bicycle Facilities (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Reduced Parking Footprint (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Green Vehicles (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Sustainable Sites

Credit/Prerequisite Name New Construction Core and Shell Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Health care
Construction Activity Pollution Prevention (P) Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Environmental Site Assessment (P) n/a n/a Req'd n/a n/a n/a n/a Req'd
Site Assessment (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Site Development: Project or Restore Habitat (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Open Space (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Rainwater Management (C) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Heat Island Reduction (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
Light Pollution Reduction (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Site Master Plan (C) n/a n/a 1 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Tenant Design and Construction Guidelines (C) n/a 1 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Places of Respite (C) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1
Direct Exterior Access (C) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1
Joint Use of Facilities (C) n/a n/a 1 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Water Efficiency

Credit/Prerequisite Name New Construction Core and Shell Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Health care
Outdoor Water Use Reduction (P) Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Indoor Water Use Reduction (P) Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Building-Level Water Metering (P) Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Outdoor Water Use Reduction (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
Indoor Water Use Reduction (C) 6 6 7 7 6 6 6 7
Cooling Tower Water Use (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Water Metering (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Energy and Atmosphere

Credit/Prerequisite Name New Construction Core and Shell Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Health care
Fundamental Commissioning (P) and Verification Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Minimum Energy Performance (P) Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Building-Level Energy Metering (P) Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Fundamental Refrigerant Management (P) Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Enhanced Commissioning (C) 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Optimize Energy Performance (C) 18 18 16 18 18 18 18 20
Advanced Energy Metering (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Demand Response (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Renewable Energy Production (C) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Enhanced Refrigerant Management (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Green Power and Carbon Offsets (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Materials and Resources

Credit/Prerequisite Name New Construction Core and Shell Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Health care
Storage and Collection of Recyclables (P) Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Construction and Demolition Waste Management Planning (P) Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
PBT Source Reduction—Mercury (P) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Req’d
Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction (C) 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 5
Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Environmental Product Declarations (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Building Product Disclosure and  Optimization— Sourcing of Raw Materials (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Material Ingredients (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
PBT Source Reduction—Mercury (C) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1
PBT Source Reduction: Lead, Cadmium, and Copper (C) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 2
Furniture and Medical Furnishings (C) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 2
Design for Flexibility (C) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1
Construction and Demolition Waste Management (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Indoor Environmental Quality

Credit/ Prerequisite Name New Construction Core and Shell Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Health care
Minimum Indoor
Air Quality Performance (P)
Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control (P) Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd Req'd
Minimum Acoustic Performance (P) n/a n/a Req'd n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies (C) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Low-Emitting Materials (C) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Indoor Air Quality Assessment (C) 2 n/a 2 2 2 2 2 2
Thermal Control (C) 1 n/a 1 1 1 1 1 1
Interior Lighting (C) 2 n/a 2 2 2 2 2 1
Daylight (C) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Quality Views (C) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Acoustic Performance (C) 1 n/a 1 n/a 1 1 1 2

Innovation

Credit/ Prerequisite Name New Construction Core and Shell Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Health care
Innovation 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
LEED Accredited Professional 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Regional Priority

Credit/ Prerequisite Name New Construction Core and Shell Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Health care
Regional Priority 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Our next article will give you an overview of the prerequisites, points and credits in the LEED Building Operations and Maintenance rating system.

Check out credits and prerequisites in the LEED Credit Library

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