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LEED Recognition for California Projects

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The USGBC has approved a new approach to reviewing nonresidential LEED projects built in California. As was announced in the summer of 2017, new projects built to California’s robust energy and green building codes (CALGreen) are pre-approved for significant streamlining of fundamental LEED requirements. Eligible projects can utilize code compliance for a batch of Alternative Compliance Pathways (ACP) on LEED v4 projects. Eligible measures for the California ACP:

  • 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)

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

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


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

  1. Project is subject to and meets all 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 or was permitted after January 1, 2016 and has been issued a permit number by the authority having jurisdiction.
  3. Project is a nonresidential building under the authority of the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) or other appropriate jurisdictional agency.
  4. 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, “BSC-CG”).
    1. If the project is under the authority of an agency other than BSC (such as DSA or OSHPD), the project must confirm that code requirements on the project are equivalent to the BSC requirements for the corresponding LEED prerequisites/credits, or not seek alternative documentation pathways for those measures that are not equivalent.
  5. Project is registered under a LEED Building Design + Construction (BD+C) v4 Rating Systems.

Unfortunately, LEED 2009 projects, LEED ID+C, and residential or multifamily projects are not approved for this ACP at this time.


Complete the survey to pre-register for the ACPs. After filling out the survey, GBCI staff will schedule a conference call with the project team to review eligibility criteria and initiate the ACP process.

Pre-registration Survey

Additional program guidelines and step-by-step instructions for the ACPs are included in the California LEED ACPs Guidance Document.

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