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LEED v2009
Commercial Interiors
Indoor Environmental Quality
Daylight and Views—Views for Seated Spaces

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CI-2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and views - views 1 point

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Intent

To provide building occupants a connection to the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views into the regularly occupied areas of the building.

Requirements

Achieve a direct line of sight to the outdoor environment via vision glazing between 30 inches and 90 inches above the finish floor for building occupants in 90% of all regularly occupied areas. Determine the area with a direct line of sight by totaling the regularly occupied square footage that meets the following criteria:

  • In plan view, the area is within sight lines drawn from perimeter vision glazing.
  • In section view, a direct sight line can be drawn from a point 42 inches above the floor (typical seated eye height) to perimeter vision glazing.

The line of sight may be drawn through interior glazing. For private offices, the entire square footage of the office may be counted if 75% or more of the area has a direct line of sight to perimeter vision glazing. If less than 75% of the area has a direct line of sight, only the area with the direct line of sigh count toward meeting the credit requirement. For multi-occupant spaces, the actual square footage with a direct line of sight to perimeter vision glazing is counted.

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You may use the LEED v4 version of this credit on v2009 projects. For more information check out this article.

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For Exemplary Performance, what is a View Factor?

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If views are accessible from a seated position, yet above 42”, can these contribute to the views calculations?

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Intent

To provide building occupants a connection to the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views into the regularly occupied areas of the building.

Requirements

Achieve a direct line of sight to the outdoor environment via vision glazing between 30 inches and 90 inches above the finish floor for building occupants in 90% of all regularly occupied areas. Determine the area with a direct line of sight by totaling the regularly occupied square footage that meets the following criteria:

  • In plan view, the area is within sight lines drawn from perimeter vision glazing.
  • In section view, a direct sight line can be drawn from a point 42 inches above the floor (typical seated eye height) to perimeter vision glazing.

The line of sight may be drawn through interior glazing. For private offices, the entire square footage of the office may be counted if 75% or more of the area has a direct line of sight to perimeter vision glazing. If less than 75% of the area has a direct line of sight, only the area with the direct line of sigh count toward meeting the credit requirement. For multi-occupant spaces, the actual square footage with a direct line of sight to perimeter vision glazing is counted.

Credit substitution available

You may use the LEED v4 version of this credit on v2009 projects. For more information check out this article.

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For Exemplary Performance, what is a View Factor?

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Does furniture need to be included in floor plan when completing views calculations?

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If views are accessible from a seated position, yet above 42”, can these contribute to the views calculations?

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Why does the LEED Reference Guide call for vision glazing between 30 and 90 inches, but I have to show compliance at 42 inches?

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What is considered a regularly occupied space?

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What can I do if my prescriptive method calculation results in a value less than 0.150?

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What can I do if my prescriptive method calculation results in a value greater than 0.180?

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TODD REED

7group / Energy Opportunities
Daylight Designer

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