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Pilot-Credits EApc152: GridOptimal Building ACP 3 points

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Requirements

For LEED v4 BD+C projects, this pilot ACP is available as an alternative to LEED v4 EA credit Demand Response. Project teams may earn up to 2 points plus one exemplary performance point depending on the Option pursued.

For LEED v4.1 BD+C projects, this pilot ACP is available as an alternative to LEED v4.1 EA credit Grid Harmonization. Project teams may earn up to 2 points plus one exemplary performance point depending on the Option pursued.


Option 1: Calculate and Report GridOptimal Performance (1 point)
Using the energy simulation developed to document compliance with the EA Minimum Energy Performance prerequisite or Optimize Energy Performance credit, and following the technical guidance herein, calculate GridOptimal metrics for the baseline and proposed building cases. Submit the completed LEED GridOptimal calculator.

GridOptimal metrics to be calculated include:
  1. Grid Peak Contribution
  2. Grid Carbon Alignment
  3. Site Renewable Utilization Efficiency
  4. Short-Term Demand Flexibility
  5. Long-Term Demand Flexibility
  6. Dispatchable Demand Flexibility
Calculate and report scores for all six GridOptimal Metrics for both the baseline and design building. For each GridOptimal metric for which the Design Score is lower than the Baseline Score, produce a narrative that describes technologies or strategies that would have improved the Design Score that were deemed unacceptable to implement by the project team.

Option 2: Across-The-Board Improvement (2 points + 1 ID point)
Comply with the requirements of Option 1
AND
Demonstrate Minimum Score Improvement as detailed in Table 1 for at least three GridOptimal Metrics (2 points) or all six GridOptimal Metrics (2 points plus 1 Innovation Point).

Table 1.
GridOptimal Metric Minimum Score Improvement
Grid Peak Contribution 10
Grid Carbon Alignment 5
Site Renewable Utilization Efficiency 10
Short-Term Demand Flexibility 10
Long-Term Demand Flexibility 5
Dispatchable Demand Flexibility 5

Option 3: Focused Area Improvement (2 points + 1 ID point)
Comply with the requirements of Option 1
Demonstrate Moderate Score Improvement (2 points) or Exemplary Score Improvement (2 points plus 1 Innovation Point) as detailed in Table 2 for at least one of the six GridOptimal Metrics.

Table 2.
GridOptimal Metric Moderate Score Improvement Exemplary Score Improvement
Grid Peak Contribution 20 30
Grid Carbon Alignment 10 20
Site Renewable Utilization Efficiency 20 30
Short-Term Demand Flexibility 15 20
Long-Term Demand Flexibility 10 15
Dispatchable Demand Flexibility 10 15

Submittals

General
Register for the pilot credit Feedback Survey
Documentation/Compliance
  • GridOptimal Calculator
Changes
  • 2/9/21 - Original Publication
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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.

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Requirements

For LEED v4 BD+C projects, this pilot ACP is available as an alternative to LEED v4 EA credit Demand Response. Project teams may earn up to 2 points plus one exemplary performance point depending on the Option pursued.

For LEED v4.1 BD+C projects, this pilot ACP is available as an alternative to LEED v4.1 EA credit Grid Harmonization. Project teams may earn up to 2 points plus one exemplary performance point depending on the Option pursued.


Option 1: Calculate and Report GridOptimal Performance (1 point)
Using the energy simulation developed to document compliance with the EA Minimum Energy Performance prerequisite or Optimize Energy Performance credit, and following the technical guidance herein, calculate GridOptimal metrics for the baseline and proposed building cases. Submit the completed LEED GridOptimal calculator.

GridOptimal metrics to be calculated include:
  1. Grid Peak Contribution
  2. Grid Carbon Alignment
  3. Site Renewable Utilization Efficiency
  4. Short-Term Demand Flexibility
  5. Long-Term Demand Flexibility
  6. Dispatchable Demand Flexibility
Calculate and report scores for all six GridOptimal Metrics for both the baseline and design building. For each GridOptimal metric for which the Design Score is lower than the Baseline Score, produce a narrative that describes technologies or strategies that would have improved the Design Score that were deemed unacceptable to implement by the project team.

Option 2: Across-The-Board Improvement (2 points + 1 ID point)
Comply with the requirements of Option 1
AND
Demonstrate Minimum Score Improvement as detailed in Table 1 for at least three GridOptimal Metrics (2 points) or all six GridOptimal Metrics (2 points plus 1 Innovation Point).

Table 1.
GridOptimal Metric Minimum Score Improvement
Grid Peak Contribution 10
Grid Carbon Alignment 5
Site Renewable Utilization Efficiency 10
Short-Term Demand Flexibility 10
Long-Term Demand Flexibility 5
Dispatchable Demand Flexibility 5

Option 3: Focused Area Improvement (2 points + 1 ID point)
Comply with the requirements of Option 1
Demonstrate Moderate Score Improvement (2 points) or Exemplary Score Improvement (2 points plus 1 Innovation Point) as detailed in Table 2 for at least one of the six GridOptimal Metrics.

Table 2.
GridOptimal Metric Moderate Score Improvement Exemplary Score Improvement
Grid Peak Contribution 20 30
Grid Carbon Alignment 10 20
Site Renewable Utilization Efficiency 20 30
Short-Term Demand Flexibility 15 20
Long-Term Demand Flexibility 10 15
Dispatchable Demand Flexibility 10 15

Submittals

General
Register for the pilot credit Feedback Survey
Documentation/Compliance
  • GridOptimal Calculator
Changes
  • 2/9/21 - Original Publication
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