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Energy and Atmosphere
Education of homeowner, tenant, or building manager

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Homes-v4 EAp3: Education of homeowner, tenant, or building manager Required

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Requirements

Provide to all individuals or organizations responsible for ongoing maintenance of the home (e.g., occupants, building managers, maintenance contractors) an operations and maintenance manual, binder, or CD that includes all the following items:

  • the completed checklist of LEED for Homes features;
  • copies of all ENERGY STAR for Home, version 3, checklists;
  • product manufacturers’ manuals for all installed equipment, fixtures, and appliances;
  • general information on efficient use of energy, water, and natural resources;
  • operations and maintenance guidance for any installed equipment, including space heating and cooling, mechanical ventilation, humidity control, radon protection, renewable energy, and irrigation, rainwater harvesting, or graywater systems (following 2009 EPA WaterSense Single-Family New Home Specifications, item 5.0, Homeowner Education);
  • guidance on occupants’ activities and choices, including cleaning materials and methods, water-efficient landscaping, integrated pest management, effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, irrigation, lighting selection, and appliance selection;
  • information on local green power options; and
  • information on sharing utility data with USGBC via a USGBC-approved third party.
In addition, conduct a minimum one-hour walkthrough of the home with the occupants. For buildings with building managers, include the building manager. The walkthrough must feature the following:
  • identification of all installed equipment;
  • instruction in how to use and operate the equipment; and
  • information on its maintenance.
Prerequisite required for all projects, whether they use the EA performance or EA prescriptive path
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Addenda

7/8/2017Updated: 7/10/2017
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
Under Requirements, delete the following bullet point:

"a copy of each signed accountability form"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
4/5/2016Updated: 4/7/2016
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
Remove the second bullet under requirements "a copy of each signed accountability form;"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
4/5/2016
LEED Interpretation
Inquiry:

According to the US DOE “Zero Energy Ready Homes are at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low- to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built.”

Interpretation 10398 states that projects that receive ENERGY STAR for Homes v3 certification may automatically earn a HERS 70. Can projects that earn the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home label also receive a HERS equivalency?

Ruling:

Projects that earn the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certificate may automatically earn a 15 points in EA credit Annual Energy Use.

In addition, projects that earn the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certificate meet the following credits and prerequisites:

EA prerequisite Minimum energy performance (Required)
EA prerequisite Education of homeowner, tenant, or building manager (Required)
EA credit Efficient hot water distribution system Option 2. Performance test (3 points)
EA credit Active solar-ready design (1 point)
EA credit HVAC Start-up credentialing (1 point)
EA credit Annual energy use (15 points)
IN credit Innovation ZERH (1 point)

Projects also meet the requirements of all credits and prerequisites deemed equivalent to the EPA Indoor airPLUS program.

Update 7/25/19: This interpretation does not apply to projects that include pools or other major energy users not covered by the energy model.

Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
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Requirements

Provide to all individuals or organizations responsible for ongoing maintenance of the home (e.g., occupants, building managers, maintenance contractors) an operations and maintenance manual, binder, or CD that includes all the following items:

  • the completed checklist of LEED for Homes features;
  • copies of all ENERGY STAR for Home, version 3, checklists;
  • product manufacturers’ manuals for all installed equipment, fixtures, and appliances;
  • general information on efficient use of energy, water, and natural resources;
  • operations and maintenance guidance for any installed equipment, including space heating and cooling, mechanical ventilation, humidity control, radon protection, renewable energy, and irrigation, rainwater harvesting, or graywater systems (following 2009 EPA WaterSense Single-Family New Home Specifications, item 5.0, Homeowner Education);
  • guidance on occupants’ activities and choices, including cleaning materials and methods, water-efficient landscaping, integrated pest management, effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, irrigation, lighting selection, and appliance selection;
  • information on local green power options; and
  • information on sharing utility data with USGBC via a USGBC-approved third party.
In addition, conduct a minimum one-hour walkthrough of the home with the occupants. For buildings with building managers, include the building manager. The walkthrough must feature the following:
  • identification of all installed equipment;
  • instruction in how to use and operate the equipment; and
  • information on its maintenance.
Prerequisite required for all projects, whether they use the EA performance or EA prescriptive path
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