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Homes-v4 INc1: Innovation 1-5 points

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Intent

To encourage exceptional performance for current credits and promote innovative performance in pioneering areas.

Requirements

To achieve all five innovation points, a project team must achieve at least one pilot credit, at least one innovation credit and no more than two exemplary performance credits.

Option 1. Innovation (1 point)

Achieve significant, measurable environmental performance using a strategy not addressed in the LEED Green Building Rating System.

Identify the following in writing:

  • the intent of the proposed innovation credit;
  • the proposed requirement for compliance;
  • the proposed submittals to demonstrate compliance; and
  • the design approach (strategies) used to meet the requirements.

AND/OR

Option 2. Pilot (1 point)

Attempt and achieve one pilot credit from the USGBC’s LEED Pilot Credit Library.

AND/OR

Option 3. Additional strategies (1–3 points)
  • Innovation (1–3 points)
    Defined in Option 1 above.
  • Pilot (1–3 points)
    Defined in Option 2 above.
  • Exemplary Performance (0.5–2 points)
    Achieve exemplary performance in an existing LEED v4 prerequisite or credit that allows exemplary performance, as specified in the LEED Reference Guide, v4 edition. An exemplary performance point is typically earned for achieving double the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold of an existing credit.
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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To encourage exceptional performance for current credits and promote innovative performance in pioneering areas.

Requirements

To achieve all five innovation points, a project team must achieve at least one pilot credit, at least one innovation credit and no more than two exemplary performance credits.

Option 1. Innovation (1 point)

Achieve significant, measurable environmental performance using a strategy not addressed in the LEED Green Building Rating System.

Identify the following in writing:

  • the intent of the proposed innovation credit;
  • the proposed requirement for compliance;
  • the proposed submittals to demonstrate compliance; and
  • the design approach (strategies) used to meet the requirements.

AND/OR

Option 2. Pilot (1 point)

Attempt and achieve one pilot credit from the USGBC’s LEED Pilot Credit Library.

AND/OR

Option 3. Additional strategies (1–3 points)
  • Innovation (1–3 points)
    Defined in Option 1 above.
  • Pilot (1–3 points)
    Defined in Option 2 above.
  • Exemplary Performance (0.5–2 points)
    Achieve exemplary performance in an existing LEED v4 prerequisite or credit that allows exemplary performance, as specified in the LEED Reference Guide, v4 edition. An exemplary performance point is typically earned for achieving double the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold of an existing credit.

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  • Guidance documents on arcane LEED issues.
  • Sample templates to help guide your narratives and LEED Online submissions.
  • Examples of actual submissions from certified LEED projects.

Is there a list of Innovation strategies available to v4 projects?

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I’m confused about how many points I can earn for each strategy (innovation vs pilot credit vs exemplary performance). Is there a limit on each type of strategy if we want to earn all five Innovation points?

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