LEED Certification

Different LEED versions have varied scoring systems based on a set of required “prerequisites” and a variety of “credits” in the six major categories listed above.

USGBC LEED 2009 (v3)

In LEED 2009 there are 100 possible base points plus an additional 6 points for Innovation in Design and 4 points for Regional Priority. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:

  • Certified – 40-49 points
  • Silver – 50-59 points
  • Gold – 60-79 points
  • Platinum – 80 points and above

Point rating

Points have been distributed as follows for the New Construction Rating System. Required “prerequisites” in each category receive no points.

Sustainable Sites 26 Possible Points

  • Prerequisite 1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
  • Credit 1: Site Selection
  • Credit 2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
  • Credit 3: Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Credit 4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
  • Credit 4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
  • Credit 4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
  • Credit 4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
  • Credit 5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
  • Credit 5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
  • Credit 6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
  • Credit 6.2: Stormwater Design—Quality Control
  • Credit 7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
  • Credit 7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
  • Credit 8: Light Pollution Reduction

Water Efficiency 10 Possible Points

  • Prerequisite 1: Water Use Reduction
  • Credit 1: Water Efficient Landscaping
  • Credit 2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
  • Credit 3: Water Use Reduction

Energy and Atmosphere 35 Possible Points

  • Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
  • Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
  • Prerequisite 3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
  • Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance
  • Credit 2: On-site Renewable Energy
  • Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning
  • Credit 4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
  • Credit 5: Measurement and Verification
  • Credit 6: Green Power

Materials and Resources 14 Possible Points

  • Prerequisite 1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
  • Credit 1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
  • Credit 1.2: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Interior Nonstructural Elements
  • Credit 2: Construction Waste Management
  • Credit 3: Materials Reuse
  • Credit 4: Recycled Content
  • Credit 5: Regional Materials
  • Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
  • Credit 7: Certified Wood

Indoor Environmental Quality 15 Possible Points

  • Prerequisite 1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
  • Prerequisite 2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
  • Credit 1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
  • Credit 2: Increased Ventilation
  • Credit 3.1: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—During Construction
  • Credit 3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
  • Credit 4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
  • Credit 4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
  • Credit 4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
  • Credit 4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
  • Credit 5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
  • Credit 6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
  • Credit 6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
  • Credit 7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
  • Credit 7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
  • Credit 8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
  • Credit 8.2: Daylight and Views—Views

Innovation in Design 6 Possible Points (ID Credit 1 has 5 points, and ID Credit 2 has 1 point)

  • Credit 1: Innovation in Design
  • Credit 2: LEED Accredited Professional

Regional Priority 4 Possible Points

  • Credit 1: Regional Priority

USGBC LEED v2.2

In LEED v2.2 for new construction and major renovations for commercial buildings there are 69 possible points and buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:

  • Certified – 26-32 points
  • Silver – 33-38 points
  • Gold – 39-51 points
  • Platinum – 52-69 points

Point rating

Points have been distributed as follows. Required “prerequisites” in each category receive no points.

Sustainable sites (14 points total)

  • Construction Activity Pollution Prevention Plan (required)
  • Site selection (1 pt)
  • Development density and community connectivity (1 pt)
  • Brownfield redevelopment (1 pt)
  • Alternative transportation availability:
    • Public transportation access (1 pt)
    • Bicycle storage and changing rooms (1 pt)
    • Low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles (1 pt)
    • Parking capacity and carpooling (1 pt)
  • Reduced site disturbance:
    • Protect or restore open space (1 pt)
    • Development footprint (1 pt)
  • Stormwater management:
    • Rate and quantity (1 pt)
    • Treatment (1 pt)
  • Reduce heat islands:
    • Roof (1 pt)
    • Non-roof (1 pt)
  • Light pollution reduction (1 pt)

Water efficiency (5 points total)

  • Water efficient landscaping:
    • Reduce by 50% (1 pt)
    • No potable use or no irrigation (1 pt)
  • Innovative wastewater technologies (1 pt)
  • Water use reduction:
    • (20%) (1 pt)
    • (30%) (1 pt)

Energy and atmosphere (17 points total)

  • Fundamental commissioning (required)
  • Minimum (code) energy performance (required)
  • Fundamental Refrigerant Management (required)
  • Optimize energy performance by 14% (new) or 7% (existing) buildings (2 pts, required as of June 26, 2007)
  • Energy optimization (8 pts in addition to the 2 required above)
  • On-site renewable energy/Green Power (4 pts)
  • Enhanced Commissioning (1 pt)
  • Enhanced Refrigeration Management (1 pt)
  • Measurement and verification (1 pt)

Materials and resources (13 points total)

  • Storage and collection of recyclables (required)
  • Building reuse:
    • 75% reuse of building structure and shell excluding windows (1 pt)
    • 100% reuse of building structure and 50% of walls, floors, ceilings (1 pt)
  • Construction waste reuse or recycling:
    • 50% diversion (1 pt)
    • 75% diversion (1 pt)
  • Reuse of existing materials:
    • 5% salvaged or refurbished materials (1 pt)
    • 10% salvaged or refurbished materials (1 pt)
  • Recycled content:
    • 10% recycled content (1 pt)
    • Additional 10% (1 pt)
  • Use of local materials:
    • Manufacture within and Extraction within 500 miles (800 km) of building site, 10% (1 pt)
    • Additional 10% (1 pt)
  • Rapidly renewable materials (1 pt)
  • Certified Wood (1 pt)

Indoor environmental quality (15 points total)

  • Minimum indoor air quality (required)
  • Environmental tobacco smoke control (required)
  • Outdoor air delivery monitoring (1 pt)
  • Increased ventilation (1 pt)
  • Construction indoor air quality management (2 pt)
  • Indoor chemical and pollutant source control (1 pt)
  • Controllability of systems (2 pt)
  • Thermal comfort (2 pt)
  • Daylight and views (2 pt)

Innovation and design process (5 points total)

  • One point for having a LEED AP as a principal participant on the project.
  • Additional points for this category are awarded above and beyond the core 64 points, and are described as rewarding strategies that go above and beyond the criteria for those points. Examples for up to four design points using steel construction include structure as finish, structure as plumbing, lightweight materials, recyclability, and potential for disassembly. (up to 4 pts)

Process

LEED certification is obtained after submitting an application documenting compliance with the requirements of the rating system as well as paying registration and certification fees. Certification is granted solely by the Green Building Certification Institute responsible for the third party verification of project compliance with LEED requirements.

Recently the application process for new construction certification has been streamlined electronically, via a set of active PDFs that automates the process of filing the documentation.

Directory of LEED-certified projects

The Green Building Council provides an online directory of LEED-certified projects.

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