Projects located in markets with an existing demand response (DR) program can achieve the maximum points offered by this credit. However, even buildings that can’t currently participate in a DR program can still earn a point for providing infrastructure that will allow the building to take advantage of a future DR program.
Buildings with access to an existing DR program are most likely to benefit financially from pursuing this type of strategy, due to the high cost of electricity in these markets. Also, providers typically provide financial incentives beyond any reduction in peak demand charges to encourage buildings to participate.
Keep in mind that the credit includes a requirement to reduce demand by 10% during a response event, regardless of whether a DR program is available or not, so design your building systems and DR strategies accordingly.
What’s New in the LEED v4.1 beta
The v4 Demand Response (DR) credit has gone away and has been replaced with a much broader approach to turning buildings into utility resources. It still has the previous DR option, but now includes Case 3: Load Flexibility and Management Strategies, which is about load shaping relative to grid constraints. This means that project teams will have to become aware of what the grid is doing and encourage projects to utilize storage or demand response to adjust to those grid conditions.