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LEED v4
Core and Shell
Water Efficiency
Indoor water use reduction

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CS-v4 WEc2: Indoor water use reduction 1-6 points

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Intent

To reduce indoor water consumption.

Requirements

Further reduce fixture and fitting water use from the calculated baseline in WE Prerequisite Indoor Water Use Reduction. Additional potable water savings can be earned above the prerequisite level using alternative water sources. Include fixtures and fittings necessary to meet the needs of the occupants. Some of these fittings and fixtures may be outside the tenant space (for Commercial Interiors) or project boundary (for New Construction). Points are awarded according to Table 1.

Table 1. Points for reducing water use

Percentage reduction Points (BD&C) Points (Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Healthcare) Points (ID&C) Points (CI Retail) Points (CI Hospitality)
25% 1 1 2 2 2
30% 2 2 4 4 4
35% 3 3 6 6 6
40% 4 4 8 8 8
45% 5 5 10 10 10
50% 6 -- 12 -- 11
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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To reduce indoor water consumption.

Requirements

Further reduce fixture and fitting water use from the calculated baseline in WE Prerequisite Indoor Water Use Reduction. Additional potable water savings can be earned above the prerequisite level using alternative water sources. Include fixtures and fittings necessary to meet the needs of the occupants. Some of these fittings and fixtures may be outside the tenant space (for Commercial Interiors) or project boundary (for New Construction). Points are awarded according to Table 1.

Table 1. Points for reducing water use

Percentage reduction Points (BD&C) Points (Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Healthcare) Points (ID&C) Points (CI Retail) Points (CI Hospitality)
25% 1 1 2 2 2
30% 2 2 4 4 4
35% 3 3 6 6 6
40% 4 4 8 8 8
45% 5 5 10 10 10
50% 6 -- 12 -- 11

Cost estimates for this credit

On each BD+C v4 credit, LEEDuser offers the wisdom of a team of architects, engineers, cost estimators, and LEED experts with hundreds of LEED projects between then. They analyzed the sustainable design strategies associated with each LEED credit, but also to assign actual costs to those strategies.

Our tab contains overall cost guidance, notes on what “soft costs” to expect, and a strategy-by-strategy breakdown of what to consider and what it might cost, in percentage premiums, actual costs, or both.

This information is also available in a full PDF download in The Cost of LEED v4 report.

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