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LEED v2009
Existing Building Operations
Innovation in Operations

Innovation in Operations

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EBOM-2009 IOc1: Innovation in Operations 1-4 points

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Intent

To provide building operations, maintenance and upgrade teams with the opportunity to achieve additional environmental benefits achieved beyond those already addressed by the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System.

Requirements

Credit can be achieved through any combination of the Innovation in Operations and Exemplary Performance paths as described below:

Path 1. Innovation in operations (1-4 points)

Achieve significant, measurable environmental performance using an operations, maintenance or system upgrade strategy not addressed in the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System.

One point is awarded for each innovation achieved. No more than 4 points under IOc1 may be earned through Path 1—Innovation in operations.

Identify following in writing:

  • The intent of the proposed innovation credit
  • The additional environmental benefits delivered
  • The proposed requirements for compliance
  • The proposed performance metrics to demonstrate compliance and the approaches
    (strategies) used to meet the requirements
  • The proposed requirements met during the performance period
Path 2. Exemplary performance (1-3 points)

Achieve exemplary performance in an existing LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance prerequisite or credit that allows exemplary performance as specified in the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Operations & Maintenance, 2009 Edition. An exemplary performance point may be earned for achieving double the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold of an existing credit in LEED.

One point is awarded for each exemplary performance achieved. No more than 3 points under IOc1 may be earned through Path 2—Exemplary performance.

Path 3. Pilot credit (1-4 points)

Attempt a pilot credit available in the Pilot Credit Library at www.usgbc.org/pilotcreditlibrary. Register as a pilot credit participant and complete the required documentation. Projects may pursue up to 4 Pilot Credits total.

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Intent

To provide building operations, maintenance and upgrade teams with the opportunity to achieve additional environmental benefits achieved beyond those already addressed by the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System.

Requirements

Credit can be achieved through any combination of the Innovation in Operations and Exemplary Performance paths as described below:

Path 1. Innovation in operations (1-4 points)

Achieve significant, measurable environmental performance using an operations, maintenance or system upgrade strategy not addressed in the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System.

One point is awarded for each innovation achieved. No more than 4 points under IOc1 may be earned through Path 1—Innovation in operations.

Identify following in writing:

  • The intent of the proposed innovation credit
  • The additional environmental benefits delivered
  • The proposed requirements for compliance
  • The proposed performance metrics to demonstrate compliance and the approaches
    (strategies) used to meet the requirements
  • The proposed requirements met during the performance period
Path 2. Exemplary performance (1-3 points)

Achieve exemplary performance in an existing LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance prerequisite or credit that allows exemplary performance as specified in the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Operations & Maintenance, 2009 Edition. An exemplary performance point may be earned for achieving double the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold of an existing credit in LEED.

One point is awarded for each exemplary performance achieved. No more than 3 points under IOc1 may be earned through Path 2—Exemplary performance.

Path 3. Pilot credit (1-4 points)

Attempt a pilot credit available in the Pilot Credit Library at www.usgbc.org/pilotcreditlibrary. Register as a pilot credit participant and complete the required documentation. Projects may pursue up to 4 Pilot Credits total.

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We achieved exemplary performance for more than three credits. Can we claim more than three points under IOc1?

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We didn’t claim one of our credits as an exemplary performance point under IOc1 during the preliminary review, but now we’d like to because it earned exemplary performance per the review comments. Is it possible to claim it now?

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We have an idea for an innovation credit, but we’d like to get input on whether the strategy has merit before we attempt it. What should we do?

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