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LEED O+M: Existing Buildings | v3 - LEED 2009

Innovation in operations

IOc1 | Possible 4 points


To provide building operations, maintenance and upgrade teams with the opportunity to achieve additional environmental benefits achieved beyond those already addressed by the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System.


Credit can be achieved through any combination of the Innovation in Operations and Exemplary Performance paths as described below:

Path 1. Innovation in operations (1-4 points)

Achieve significant, measurable environmental performance using an operations, maintenance or system upgrade strategy not addressed in the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System.

One point is awarded for each innovation achieved. No more than 4 points under IOc1 may be earned through Path 1—Innovation in operations.

Identify following in writing:

  • The intent of the proposed innovation credit
  • The additional environmental benefits delivered
  • The proposed requirements for compliance
  • The proposed performance metrics to demonstrate compliance and the approaches
    (strategies) used to meet the requirements
  • The proposed requirements met during the performance period
Path 2. Exemplary performance (1-3 points)

Achieve exemplary performance in an existing LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance prerequisite or credit that allows exemplary performance as specified in the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Operations & Maintenance, 2009 Edition. An exemplary performance point may be earned for achieving double the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold of an existing credit in LEED.

One point is awarded for each exemplary performance achieved. No more than 3 points under IOc1 may be earned through Path 2—Exemplary performance.

Path 3. Pilot credit (1-4 points)

Attempt a pilot credit available in the Pilot Credit Library at Register as a pilot credit participant and complete the required documentation. Projects may pursue up to 4 Pilot Credits total.

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