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LEED v4
Data Centers – NC
Energy and Atmosphere
Optimize energy performance

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Data-Centers-NC-v4 EAc2: Optimize Energy Performance 1-18 points

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Intent

To achieve increasing levels of energy performance beyond the prerequisite standard to reduce environmental and economic harms associated with excessive energy use.

Requirements

Whole-Building Energy Simulation

Analyze efficiency measures focused on IT load reduction and HVAC-related strategies (air-side economizers, hot aisle–cold aisle, etc.). Project the potential energy savings and cost implications for all affected systems.

Follow the criteria in EA Prerequisite Minimum Energy Performance to demonstrate a percentage improvement in the proposed performance rating compared with the baseline.

Use energy cost savings from both the building and IT to determine the total percentage reduction.

Table 1. Points for percentage improvement in energy performance

New Construction  
Major Renovation
 
Core and Shell
Points (except Schools, Healthcare) Points Healthcare Points Schools
6% 4% 3% 1 3 1
8% 6% 5% 2 4 2
10% 8% 7% 3 5 3
12% 10% 9% 4 6 4
14% 12% 11% 5 7 5
16% 14% 13% 6 8 6
18% 16% 15% 7 9 7
20% 18% 17% 8 10 8
22% 20% 19% 9 11 9
24% 22% 21% 10 12 10
26% 24% 23% 11 13 11
29% 27% 26% 12 14 12
32% 30% 29% 13 15 13
35% 33% 32% 14 16 14
38% 36% 35% 15 17 15
42% 40% 39% 16 18 16
46% 44% 43% 17 19 -
50% 48% 47% 18 20 -

Pilot ACPs Available

The following pilot alternative compliance path is available for this credit. See the pilot credit library for more information.

EApc95: Alternative Energy Performance Metric ACP
EApc107 - Energy performance metering path
EApc111: Alternative Performance Rating Method
EApc120: District Energy

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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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The energy cost offset from onsite renewable energy cannot be used to demonstrate compliance with the prerequisite. Can this cost offset still be credited to the proposed energy cost savings for this credit?

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USGBC logo

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

Intent

To achieve increasing levels of energy performance beyond the prerequisite standard to reduce environmental and economic harms associated with excessive energy use.

Requirements

Whole-Building Energy Simulation

Analyze efficiency measures focused on IT load reduction and HVAC-related strategies (air-side economizers, hot aisle–cold aisle, etc.). Project the potential energy savings and cost implications for all affected systems.

Follow the criteria in EA Prerequisite Minimum Energy Performance to demonstrate a percentage improvement in the proposed performance rating compared with the baseline.

Use energy cost savings from both the building and IT to determine the total percentage reduction.

Table 1. Points for percentage improvement in energy performance

New Construction  
Major Renovation
 
Core and Shell
Points (except Schools, Healthcare) Points Healthcare Points Schools
6% 4% 3% 1 3 1
8% 6% 5% 2 4 2
10% 8% 7% 3 5 3
12% 10% 9% 4 6 4
14% 12% 11% 5 7 5
16% 14% 13% 6 8 6
18% 16% 15% 7 9 7
20% 18% 17% 8 10 8
22% 20% 19% 9 11 9
24% 22% 21% 10 12 10
26% 24% 23% 11 13 11
29% 27% 26% 12 14 12
32% 30% 29% 13 15 13
35% 33% 32% 14 16 14
38% 36% 35% 15 17 15
42% 40% 39% 16 18 16
46% 44% 43% 17 19 -
50% 48% 47% 18 20 -

Pilot ACPs Available

The following pilot alternative compliance path is available for this credit. See the pilot credit library for more information.

EApc95: Alternative Energy Performance Metric ACP
EApc107 - Energy performance metering path
EApc111: Alternative Performance Rating Method
EApc120: District Energy

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.

Learn more about The Cost of LEED v4 »

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The energy cost offset from onsite renewable energy cannot be used to demonstrate compliance with the prerequisite. Can this cost offset still be credited to the proposed energy cost savings for this credit?

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LEED Fellow

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