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LEED v4.1

Core and Shell

Indoor Environmental Quality
Quality Views

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CS-v4.1 EQc5: Quality Views 1 point

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Fentress Architects
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Intent

To give building occupants a connection to the natural outdoor environment by providing quality views.

Requirements

Provide occupants in the building with a view to the outdoor natural or urban environment for 75% of all regularly occupied floor area. Auditoriums, conference rooms dedicated to video conferencing, and gymnasiums may be excluded. Views into interior atria may be used to meet up to 30% of the required area.

Views must be through glass with a visible light transmittance (VLT) above 40%. If the glazing has frits, patterns, or tints the view must be preserved. Neutral gray, bronze, and blue-green tints are acceptable.

Views must include at least one of the following:
  • nature, urban landmarks, or art; or
  • objects at least 25 feet (7.5 meters) from the exterior of the glazing.

Occupants must have direct access to the view and be within three times the head height of the glazing with no permanent interior obstructions between the occupant and the window or moveable furniture and partitions blocking the view. Exceptions: Vertical columns smaller than 1-foot (0.3 meters) wide and horizontal features smaller than 1-foot (0.3 meters) high are excluded.

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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To give building occupants a connection to the natural outdoor environment by providing quality views.

Requirements

Provide occupants in the building with a view to the outdoor natural or urban environment for 75% of all regularly occupied floor area. Auditoriums, conference rooms dedicated to video conferencing, and gymnasiums may be excluded. Views into interior atria may be used to meet up to 30% of the required area.

Views must be through glass with a visible light transmittance (VLT) above 40%. If the glazing has frits, patterns, or tints the view must be preserved. Neutral gray, bronze, and blue-green tints are acceptable.

Views must include at least one of the following:
  • nature, urban landmarks, or art; or
  • objects at least 25 feet (7.5 meters) from the exterior of the glazing.

Occupants must have direct access to the view and be within three times the head height of the glazing with no permanent interior obstructions between the occupant and the window or moveable furniture and partitions blocking the view. Exceptions: Vertical columns smaller than 1-foot (0.3 meters) wide and horizontal features smaller than 1-foot (0.3 meters) high are excluded.

LEEDuser expert

Deborah Lucking

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Fentress Architects
Director of Sustainability

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