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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v4 - LEED v4


Possible 5 points


To encourage projects to achieve exceptional or innovative performance.


To achieve all five innovation points, a project team must achieve at least one pilot credit, at least one innovation credit and no more than two exemplary performance credits.

Option 1. innovation (1 point)

Achieve significant, measurable environmental performance using a strategy not addressed in the LEED green building rating system.

Identify the following:

  • the intent of the proposed innovation credit;
  • proposed requirements for compliance;
  • proposed submittals to demonstrate compliance; and
  • the design approach or strategies used to meet the requirements.


Option 2. pilot (1 point)

Achieve one pilot credit from USGBC’s LEED Pilot Credit Library


Option 3. additional strategies (3 points)
  • Innovation (1-3 points)

    Defined in Option 1 above.

  • Pilot (1-3 points)

    Meet the requirements of Option 2.

  • Exemplary performance (1–2 points)

    Achieve exemplary performance in an existing LEED v4 prerequisite or credit that allows exemplary performance, as specified in the LEED Reference Guide, v4 edition. An exemplary performance point is typically earned for achieving double the credit requirements or the next incremental percentage threshold.

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