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LEED O+M: Data Centers | v4 - LEED v4

No Cooling Tower

Possible 4 points


To increase water efficiency, eliminating the need for a cooling tower.


Note: This pilot credit is an alternative compliance path to the LEED v4 credits Cooling tower water use (BD+C), Cooling tower water use (O+M) and Cooling tower water use (O+M: Data Centers) for the maximum number of points under each credit

O+M v2009 projects may use this pilot credit for 1 innovation point

Projects without Cooling Towers or Evaporative Condensers

Projects may earn full credit if all conditions are met:

  • the baseline system designated for the building using ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Appendix G Table G3.1.1 includes a cooling tower (systems 7 & 8)
  • the project design case does not include a cooling tower
  • the design case mechanical system does not use the latent heat of the evaporative cooling of water.
  • the project does not receive any cooling from a District cooling system

All other system types are ineligible for credit.

General Pilot Documentation Requirements

Register for the pilot credit

Credits 1-14

Credits 15-27

Credits 28-42

Credits 43-56

Credits 57-67

Credits 68-82

Credits 83--96

Credit Specific Documentation

Provide documentation showing that the project meets all requirements including:

  • Documentation showing that the project is designated as systems 7 or 8 under ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Appendix G Table G3.1.1
  • Documentation (site plan or mechanical system plan, energy model or other) showing that the project design case does not include a cooling tower or other system that uses the latent heat of the evaporative cooling of water, and is not connected to a District cooling system..

Documentation should be uploaded under the Cooling Tower Water Use credit form in LEED Online.

  • 5/4/2016 - added clarification that projects connected to District cooling systems are not eligible
  • 4/4/2017 - added as an option for EBOM v2009 projects for 1 innovation point

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