LEED Recognition for California Projects | U.S. Green Building Council
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LEED Recognition for California Projects

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Intent

The USGBC is piloting a new approach to reviewing LEED projects built in California. As was announced in the summer of 2017, projects built to California’s robust energy and green building codes (CALGreen) are pre-approved for significant streamlining of fundamental LEED requirements. Eligible projects permitted under the 2016 California Building Code can utilize code compliance for a batch of Alternative Compliance Pathways (ACP) on LEED v4 projects. Eligible measures for the California ACP include BD+C, ID+C and Homes Rating Systems.

LEED v4 BD+C (New Commercial Construction).
Project Types: New Construction, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Data Centers, Warehouse & Distribution Centers, and Hospitality.

  • SS Prerequisite: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
  • SS Credit: Light Pollution Reduction (1 Point, Option 1)
  • WE Prerequisite: Outdoor Water Use Reduction
  • WE Prerequisite: Indoor Water Use Reduction
  • WE Prerequisite: Building-Level Water Metering
  • WE Credit: Outdoor Water Use Reduction (1 Point, Option 2)
  • WE Credit: Indoor Water Use Reduction (1 Point)
  • EA Prerequisite: Fundamental Commissioning & Verification
  • EA Prerequisite: Minimum Energy Performance
  • EA Prerequisite: Building-Level Energy Metering
  • EA Prerequisite: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
  • EA Credit: Optimize Energy Performance (1 Point, Option 1)
  • MR Prerequisite: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
  • MR Prerequisite: Construction and Demolition Waste Management Planning
  • MR Credit: Construction and Demolition Waste Management (1 Point, Option 1)
  • EQ Prerequisite: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
  • EQ Prerequisite: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control
  • EQ Credit Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan (1 point)

LEED v4 ID+C (Interior Design & Construction):
Project Types: Commercial Interiors, Retail, Hospitality.

  • WE Prerequisite: Indoor Water Use Reduction
  • WE Credit: Indoor Water Use Reduction (up to 2 Points)
  • EA Prerequisite: Minimum Energy Performance
  • EA Prerequisite: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
  • EA Credit: Optimize Energy Performance (1 Point, Option 1)
  • MR Prerequisite: Storage & Collection of Recyclables
  • MR Prerequisite: Construction & Demolition Waste Management Planning
  • MR Credit: Construction & Demolition Waste Management (1 Point, Option 1)
  • EQ Prerequisite: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
  • EQ Prerequisite: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control
  • EQ Credit: Construction Indoor Air Quality Mgmt. Plan (1 point)

LEED Homes v4:
Project Types: single family homes and midrise multifamily.

  • WE Credit: Indoor Water Use (Fixtures)
  • WE Credit: Outdoor Water Use
  • EA Prerequisite: Minimum Energy Performance
  • EA Credit: Annual Energy Use (up to 27 Points)
  • MR Credit: Construction Waste Management (65% diversion from landfill)
  • EQ Credit: Enhanced Combustion Venting (Fireplaces)
  • EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Products (Adhesives)
  • EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Products (Paints)
  • EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Products (Composite Wood)
  • EQ Credit: Enhanced Ventilation (Bathroom Exhaust Fans)

Note: LEED v2009 projects built to the 2016 code can use approved LEED v4 substitutions to take advantage of relevant California-LEED ACPs on a credit-by-credit basis. Projects built to the 2013 building codes can take advantage of Alternative Documentation Pathways for a more limited set of LEED prerequisites and credits that were previously released in 2015.

Eligibility for specific credit ACPs may differ by project type and scope. See the California-LEED ACPs Guidance documents for step-by-step instructions.

To utilize the ACPs, project teams must pre-register by filling out the survey below.

Requirements

To be eligible for the California ACPs, projects must meet the following conditions:

  1. Project is subject to and meets the minimum requirements of the 2016 California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6 and Part 11 (Energy Code & CALGreen code) and any associated updates.
  2. Project is a nonresidential building under the authority of the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) or other appropriate jurisdictional agency, or is a residential building under the authority of the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) or other appropriate jurisdictional agency
  3. CALGreen code requirements for the project are at least equivalent to the mandatory measures as adopted by the California Building Standards Commission (as defined in Title 24, Part 11, section 103 (for nonresidential), or section 104 (residential).
  4. Project is registered under a LEEDv4 BD+C or ID+C Rating System, or project is registered under a LEED 2009 rating system and is using approved LEED v4 substitutions.

Documentation

Complete the survey to pre-register for the ACPs. After filling out the survey, follow steps for documenting the ACPs as specified in the Guidance Document for each rating system.

Pre-registration Survey

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