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

Green power and carbon offsets

Possible 2 points

Submittal Tips (click to expand)
Keep these important GBCI reviewer tips in mind when preparing your submittal documentation and avoid some of the common issues reviewers see during the LEED review process.

EA Credit: Green Power and Carbon Offsets

  • Ensure that a contract is provided indicating the amounts of green power, RECs, and/or carbon offsets purchased. Note that a single bulk purchase for the 5 year term is permitted.
  • Ensure that the contract (or other documentation) confirms the green power, RECs, and/or carbon offsets are Green-e Energy/Climate certified products.
  • Ensure that a minimum of 50% of the required energy must be provided by green power, RECS, or Carbon Offsets.
  • Ensure that when a whole building energy simulation (Option 1) is pursued within EA Minimum Energy Performance/EA Optimize Energy Performance, that the annual energy consumption from the proposed case model is the basis of determining the required green power and carbon offset purchase.
  • If the prescriptive path is pursued, ensure that the project square footage values are reported consistently across all LEED documentation.
  • Ensure that the Core and Shell projects energy usage is the greater of the actual core and shell floor area (as defined by Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) standards) or 15% of the project gross floor area.

Green Power

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