Lunch & LEED: Risks & Rewards of Energy Storage


Earn continuing education at this Aug. 2 event about energy storage by USGBC Arizona.

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. In this session, Sharon Bonesteel of Salt River Project 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. Sharon was a participant in the Department of Energy Task Force developing new code revisions and standard modifications to address this subject.

Sharon will 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.

Learning Objectives:

  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.

Continuing Education
This session is now approved for 1 LEED-specific CE hour for the LEED BD+C and LEED O+M specialties, and 1 AIA LU.

Live streaming will be available. For more information about this event, please contact Chad Billings (