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LEED BD+C: Retail | v1 - LEED 1.0 pilot

Enhanced refrigerant management

EAc4 | Possible 1 point


Reduce ozone depletion and support early compliance with the Montreal Protocol while minimizing direct contributions to global warming.


Option 1

Do not use refrigerants.

Option 2

Select refrigerants and HVAC&R that minimize or eliminate the emission of compounds that contribute to ozone depletion and global warming. The base building HVAC&R equipment shall comply with the following formula, which sets a maximum threshold for the combined contributions to ozone depletion and global warming potential:

For multiple types of equipment, a weighted average of all base building level HVAC&R equipment shall be applied using the following formula:

Small HVAC units (defined as containing less than 0.5 lbs of refrigerant), and other equipment such as standard refrigerators, small water coolers, and any other cooling equipment that contains less than 0.5 lbs of refrigerant, are not considered part of the “base building” system and are not subject to the requirements of this credit.


Do not install fire suppression systems that contain ozone-depleting substances (CFCs, HCFCs or Halons).

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