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LEED BD+C: Core and Shell | v2 - LEED 2.0

Tenant design and construction guidelines

SSc9 | Possible 1 point


Provide tenants with a descriptive tool that both educates and helps them implement sustainable design and constructions features in their tenant improvement build-out.

Tenant Design and Construction Guidelines benefit the Core & Shell certified project for two important reasons: First, the Guidelines will help tenants design and build sustainable interiors and adopt green building practices; second, the Guidelines will help in coordinating LEED-CI and LEED for Core & Shell certifications.


Publish an illustrated document that provides tenants with design and construction information that:
Provides a description of the sustainable design and construction features incorporated in the Core & Shell project and delineates the project intent with respect to sustainability goals and objectives including those for tenant spaces.

  • Provides information that enables a tenant to coordinate their space design and construction with the core and shell’s building systems. Specific building LEED for Core & Shell credits to be addressed when applicable include;

    • Water use reduction

    • Optimize energy performance, lighting power
    • Optimize energy performance, lighting controls
    • Optimize energy performance, HVAC
    • Energy use and metering
    • Measurement and verification
    • Ventilation and outdoor air delivery
    • Construction IAQ management
    • Indoor chemical and pollutant source control
    • Controllability of systems
    • Thermal comfort
    • Daylighting and views
    • Commissioning
    • The elimination or control of environmental tobacco smoke.
    • Provides recommendations, including examples, of sustainable strategies, products, materials, and service suggestion;

Provides information LEED Green Building Rating System for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) and how the core and shell building contributes to achieving these credits.

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