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Comment Here! LEED v4 Energy Stringency Update

Come spring, USGBC will ballot updates to Optimize Energy Performance and Minimum Energy Performance in v4.1 BD+C and ID+C. Now is your chance to offer feedback on the draft language.
Paula Melton
November 15, 2022

Here's how to view the public comment drafts. You can comment at USGBC.org or here on LEEDuser.

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Public comment drafts of the Minimum Energy Performance prerequisite and Optimize Energy Performance credit under v4 BD+C and ID+C are now available on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) website. The Annual Energy Use credit under BD+C Homes: Multifamily Midrise is also included.

USGBC will be considering the comments on this LEEDuser post to be official public comments.

Comments close January 13.

These updates are about increasing stringency, but that's not all: they also add a greenhouse gas emissions metric. To learn more about what is behind the updates, see our coverage from Greenbuild 2022 in San Francisco: Harder v4 Energy Requirements to Be Balloted in Spring.


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  • Nov 3 – Jan 13: Public comment period
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Date updated: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

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November 29, 2022 - 6:40 pm


Compliance with the mandatory provisions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1–2010 has been in this prerequisite for a long time, but does not meet reality for projects outside the US. I'm aware that we have USGBC-approved equivalent standard for projects outside the U.S.) added to the requirement language, but as the regulations in other countries are usually different, equivalency is very hard to prove.
In addition to inumerous references of US standards, ASHRAE 90.1 mandatory requirements include items that make construction and maintenance more expensive. 
My suggestion would be making the mandatory provisions included in the baseline model only. The design model should comply with the actual legal and engineering requirements of the country or region it is being buit at.

November 16, 2022 - 2:37 pm

Thank you, Emily! This is awesome.

November 16, 2022 - 2:19 pm

I made a redline copy of the prereq and credit, sharing here to help others dive in :) This does not include the points table or the v4 prescriptive options that got removed.