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Risks & Rewards of Energy Storage: Life Safety & LEED Points

GBCI: 0920013800

The rapidly evolving energy storage industry is exciting and promising, but also full of potential hazards if you don’t clearly understand the life safety risks associated with these systems.
Eligible for 1.0 CE HOUR.
  • 1.0 CE

  • LEED Green Associate
  • LU

Rating system: v4



This session will cover the different types of energy storage systems with particular attention to batteries and other emerging systems. This will be an introduction to the different potential hazards and how to apply newly developed standards and code sections. The instructor, Sharon Bonesteel, was a participant in the Department of Energy Task Force developing new code revisions and standard modifications to address this subject. Attendees will also discuss how energy storage can help commercial, industrial and municipal buildings achieve LEED certification. An energy storage installation earns points for certification in both the Building Operations + Maintenance standard as well as the Building Design + Construction standard and others. Understanding the opportunities for energy storage will assist the designer in providing additional options to owners seeking LEED certification of their buildings.


  1. Identify the different types of energy storage systems and understand the potential risks to occupants and first responders.
  2. Compare and contrast the intent and requirements of the Optimize Energy Performance credit within the LEED v4 BD+C and LEED v4 O+M rating systems.
  3. Link the intent of the Demand Response, Advanced Energy Metering, and Innovation credits in the LEED v4 BD+C and LEED v4 O+M rating systems to the benefits of installing energy storage systems.
  4. Understand how proper battery disposal and recycling procedures contribute to achieving the Green Vehicles and Renewable Energy Production credits of the LEED v4 BD+C rating system.

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USGBC Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
United States


Sharon Bonesteel, AIA, CBO, Salt River Project