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

Building-level energy metering


Projects teams may choose to comply with the LEED v4 requirement by utilizing a Third Party Data Source or a USGBC Approved Data Template. We will update this list as we enable support for additional data sources. USGBC currently accepts energy and water data in the following ways:

  • Third Party Data Source
    • Share data through the EPA’s ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager Tool by creating a portfolio in Portfolio Manager, adding your LEED building (if you have not done so already), and providing account access to “USGBC - LEED Performance Reporting”. For instructions on registering in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager or sharing access with an account, refer to the resource document entitled “Sharing with Accounts in Portfolio Manager” below or visit the ENERGY STAR website.
    • Coming Soon: Share data using one of USGBC’s App Lab partners. These apps are created by authorized partners and are designed to automate data submission into LEED Online. This option is not yet available from the partners on the site however please contact us to learn more about connecting with an existing data management system.
  • USGBC Approved Data Template

    Submit data via Hightail Dropbox. Download USGBC-Approved Data Template and upload to USGBC’s Dropbox. Projects that choose this option must be prepared to send it to USGBC within 2-weeks of the request; as a general rule, USGBC will aim to collect data two-times per year.

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EA Prerequisite: Building-Level Energy Metering

  • Ensure that all energy sources that serve the project, including but not limited to electricity, natural gas, chilled water, steam, fuel oil, propane, and biomass, have been permanently metered.
  • Remember to provide a letter from the project owner committing to share energy usage data, compiled into monthly and annual summaries, with USGBC for a five-year period beginning on the date of LEED certification or when the project reaches typical occupancy, whichever comes first. The same letter may be used for WEp Building-Level Water Metering.