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Mid-Rise-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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Frequently asked questions

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

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Addenda

7/8/2017Updated: 11/6/2020
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
Revise the text of the first sentence under "Requirements" to the following:

"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.”
Campus Applicable
Yes
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
7/8/2017Updated: 11/6/2020
Form Update
Description of change:
Revise the text of the first sentence under "Requirements" to the following:

"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.”
Campus Applicable
Yes
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
7/8/2017Updated: 1/8/2020
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Revise all references to the online "Innovation database" to say "Innovation Catalog."
Campus Applicable
Yes
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
10/1/2014Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Revise the text below Step 2. to the following:
"Projects may earn up to 5 points through combination of the following:
• Innovation (up to 4 points). This option is appropriate for strategies that are not addressed by any existing credits in the LEED rating system under which the project will be certified.
• Pilot credits (up to 4 points). This option requires project teams to achieve, document, and provide feedback on pilot credit strategies developed by USGBC members and committees.
Exemplary performance (up to 2 points). This option is achieved by demonstrating performance that greatly exceeds the level or scope required by existing LEED prerequisites or credits.
o One point is reserved for Pilot Credits and one for Innovation. To use all five points, projects must use at least one pilot credit and one innovation credit"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
10/5/2018
LEED Interpretation
Inquiry:

If a project pursues a pilot alternative compliance path (ACP), can it be exempted from the following pilot credit requirement for the Innovation credit?

“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.”

Ruling:

If projects achieve a pilot ACP, they are exempted from the requirement to achieve at least one pilot credit. To achieve all five points in the Innovation credit under this approach, projects may select one of the following point combinations:
• 4 innovation and 1 exemplary performance
• 3 innovation and 2 exemplary performance

***Updated 7.10.2020 to clarify that projects must achieve a pilot ACP to be exempted***

Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
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USGBC logo

© 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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  • Examples of actual submissions from certified LEED projects.

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?

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

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

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7/8/2017Updated: 11/6/2020
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
Revise the text of the first sentence under "Requirements" to the following:

"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.”
Campus Applicable
Yes
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
7/8/2017Updated: 11/6/2020
Form Update
Description of change:
Revise the text of the first sentence under "Requirements" to the following:

"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.”
Campus Applicable
Yes
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
7/8/2017Updated: 1/8/2020
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Revise all references to the online "Innovation database" to say "Innovation Catalog."
Campus Applicable
Yes
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
10/1/2014Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Revise the text below Step 2. to the following:
"Projects may earn up to 5 points through combination of the following:
• Innovation (up to 4 points). This option is appropriate for strategies that are not addressed by any existing credits in the LEED rating system under which the project will be certified.
• Pilot credits (up to 4 points). This option requires project teams to achieve, document, and provide feedback on pilot credit strategies developed by USGBC members and committees.
Exemplary performance (up to 2 points). This option is achieved by demonstrating performance that greatly exceeds the level or scope required by existing LEED prerequisites or credits.
o One point is reserved for Pilot Credits and one for Innovation. To use all five points, projects must use at least one pilot credit and one innovation credit"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
10/5/2018
LEED Interpretation
Inquiry:

If a project pursues a pilot alternative compliance path (ACP), can it be exempted from the following pilot credit requirement for the Innovation credit?

“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.”

Ruling:

If projects achieve a pilot ACP, they are exempted from the requirement to achieve at least one pilot credit. To achieve all five points in the Innovation credit under this approach, projects may select one of the following point combinations:
• 4 innovation and 1 exemplary performance
• 3 innovation and 2 exemplary performance

***Updated 7.10.2020 to clarify that projects must achieve a pilot ACP to be exempted***

Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
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