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LEED v2009
Core & Shell
Sustainable Sites
Tenant Design and Construction Guidelines

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CS-2009 SSc9: Tenant Design and Construction Guidelines 1 point

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Intent

To educate tenants about implementing sustainable design and construction features in their tenant improvement build-out.

Tenant design and construction guidelines benefit the Core & Shell certified project in 2 important ways: First, the guidelines will help tenants design and build sustainable interiors and adopt green building practices; second, the guidelines will help in coordinating LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors and LEED 2009 for Core and Shell Development certifications.

Requirements

Publish an illustrated document that provides tenants with the following design and construction information:

  • A description of the sustainable design and construction features incorporated in the core & shell project and the project’s sustainability goals and objectives, including those for tenant spaces.
  • Information on LEED for Commercial Interiors and how the core and shell building contributes to achieving these credits.
  • Information that enables a tenant to coordinate space design and construction with the core and shell’s building systems. Specific LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors credits to be addressed when applicable include the following:
  • Water use reduction.
  • Optimize energy performance, lighting power.
  • Optimize energy performance, lighting controls.
  • Optimize energy performance, HVAC.
  • Energy use and metering.
  • Measurement and verification.
  • Ventilation and outdoor air delivery.
  • Construction indoor air quality management.
  • Indoor chemical and pollutant source control.
  • Controllability of systems.
  • Thermal comfort.
  • Daylighting and views.
  • Commissioning.
  • Elimination or control of environmental tobacco smoke.
  • Recommendations, including examples, for sustainable strategies, products, materials, and services.
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Intent

To educate tenants about implementing sustainable design and construction features in their tenant improvement build-out.

Tenant design and construction guidelines benefit the Core & Shell certified project in 2 important ways: First, the guidelines will help tenants design and build sustainable interiors and adopt green building practices; second, the guidelines will help in coordinating LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors and LEED 2009 for Core and Shell Development certifications.

Requirements

Publish an illustrated document that provides tenants with the following design and construction information:

  • A description of the sustainable design and construction features incorporated in the core & shell project and the project’s sustainability goals and objectives, including those for tenant spaces.
  • Information on LEED for Commercial Interiors and how the core and shell building contributes to achieving these credits.
  • Information that enables a tenant to coordinate space design and construction with the core and shell’s building systems. Specific LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors credits to be addressed when applicable include the following:
  • Water use reduction.
  • Optimize energy performance, lighting power.
  • Optimize energy performance, lighting controls.
  • Optimize energy performance, HVAC.
  • Energy use and metering.
  • Measurement and verification.
  • Ventilation and outdoor air delivery.
  • Construction indoor air quality management.
  • Indoor chemical and pollutant source control.
  • Controllability of systems.
  • Thermal comfort.
  • Daylighting and views.
  • Commissioning.
  • Elimination or control of environmental tobacco smoke.
  • Recommendations, including examples, for sustainable strategies, products, materials, and services.

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  • Sample templates to help guide your narratives and LEED Online submissions.
  • Examples of actual submissions from certified LEED projects.

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