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LEED v4
Existing Hospitality
Energy and Atmosphere

Advanced energy metering

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Hospitality-EBOM-v4 EAc5: Advanced Energy Metering 2 points

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Intent

To support energy management and identify opportunities for additional energy savings by tracking building-level and system-level energy use.

Requirements

Establishment

Install advanced energy metering for the following:

  • all whole-building energy sources used by the building; and
  • major end uses that represent 20% or more of the total annual consumption of the building minus plug load use.

The advanced energy metering must have the following characteristics.

  • Meters must be permanently installed, record at intervals of one hour or less, and transmit data to a remote location.
  • Electricity meters must record both consumption and demand. Whole-building electricity meters should record the power factor, if appropriate.
  • The data collection system must use a local area network, building automation system, wireless network, or comparable communication infrastructure.
  • The system must be capable of storing all meter data for at least 36 months.
  • The data must be remotely accessible.
  • All meters in the system must be capable of reporting hourly, daily, monthly, and annual energy use.

Performance

Program the facility’s energy management system to set an alarm whenever the energy consumption and peak demand rise above the anticipated amount by more than 5%. The anticipated consumption and peak should be determined by analyzing historical facility performance and weather and operating conditions and should be set on at least monthly, preferably daily.

Demand measurements must be taken in time increments no longer than the increments used for utility billing or in one-hour increments, whichever is less time.

On at least a monthly basis, report the facility’s utility peak demand and total consumption and compare it with the data for the previous month and the same month from the previous year.

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

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Frequently asked questions

Are tenant spaces considered to be an “energy end use”? In other words, can we achieve this credit by metering tenant energy consumption?

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Do we have to meter plug loads separately? Based on our energy end-use breakdown, plug loads account for more than 20% of my building’s total annual energy consumption.

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Do manually read meters meet the credit requirements?

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Intent

To support energy management and identify opportunities for additional energy savings by tracking building-level and system-level energy use.

Requirements

Establishment

Install advanced energy metering for the following:

  • all whole-building energy sources used by the building; and
  • major end uses that represent 20% or more of the total annual consumption of the building minus plug load use.

The advanced energy metering must have the following characteristics.

  • Meters must be permanently installed, record at intervals of one hour or less, and transmit data to a remote location.
  • Electricity meters must record both consumption and demand. Whole-building electricity meters should record the power factor, if appropriate.
  • The data collection system must use a local area network, building automation system, wireless network, or comparable communication infrastructure.
  • The system must be capable of storing all meter data for at least 36 months.
  • The data must be remotely accessible.
  • All meters in the system must be capable of reporting hourly, daily, monthly, and annual energy use.

Performance

Program the facility’s energy management system to set an alarm whenever the energy consumption and peak demand rise above the anticipated amount by more than 5%. The anticipated consumption and peak should be determined by analyzing historical facility performance and weather and operating conditions and should be set on at least monthly, preferably daily.

Demand measurements must be taken in time increments no longer than the increments used for utility billing or in one-hour increments, whichever is less time.

On at least a monthly basis, report the facility’s utility peak demand and total consumption and compare it with the data for the previous month and the same month from the previous year.

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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  • Sample templates to help guide your narratives and LEED Online submissions.
  • Examples of actual submissions from certified LEED projects.

Are tenant spaces considered to be an “energy end use”? In other words, can we achieve this credit by metering tenant energy consumption?

The answer to this question is available to LEEDuser premium members. Start a free trial »

(If you're already a premium member, log in here.)

Do we have to meter plug loads separately? Based on our energy end-use breakdown, plug loads account for more than 20% of my building’s total annual energy consumption.

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Do we need to separately meter our onsite renewable energy system? If so, do the meters need to meet the advanced metering requirements?

The answer to this question is available to LEEDuser premium members. Start a free trial »

(If you're already a premium member, log in here.)

Do manually read meters meet the credit requirements?

The answer to this question is available to LEEDuser premium members. Start a free trial »

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Do we have to complete an ASHRAE Level 2 audit in order to identify energy end uses and achieve this credit?

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LEEDuser expert

Ben Stanley

WSP - Built Ecology
Senior Sustainability Manager

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