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LEED v4
New Construction
Energy and Atmosphere
Advanced energy metering

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NC-v4 EAc3: Advanced Energy Metering 1 point

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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

Install advanced energy metering for the following:

  • all whole-building energy sources used by the building; and
  • any individual energy end uses that represent 10% or more of the total annual consumption of the building.

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.
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Frequently asked questions

We are proposing to metering a new building with a single controller. The controller has the capability to monitor each individual end use (lighting, plug loads, HVAC, water, gas, etc.). Can we meter everything on a distribution board except one specific end-use, such as HVAC, and have the controller programmed to calculate the difference in the main power usage and all the metering loads to determine the remaining loads (HVAC loads) and still obtain the advanced energy metering credit?

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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

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

Requirements

Install advanced energy metering for the following:

  • all whole-building energy sources used by the building; and
  • any individual energy end uses that represent 10% or more of the total annual consumption of the building.

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.

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.

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  • Examples of actual submissions from certified LEED projects.

We are proposing to metering a new building with a single controller. The controller has the capability to monitor each individual end use (lighting, plug loads, HVAC, water, gas, etc.). Can we meter everything on a distribution board except one specific end-use, such as HVAC, and have the controller programmed to calculate the difference in the main power usage and all the metering loads to determine the remaining loads (HVAC loads) and still obtain the advanced energy metering credit?

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LEEDuser expert

Marcus Sheffer

7group / Energy Opportunities
LEED Fellow

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