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Informing Design by Major Credit Category Using Triple Bottom Line Analysis

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Pilot-Credits INpc122: Informing Design by Major Credit Category Using Triple Bottom Line Analysis 1 point

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Intent

To demonstrate the economic, social, and environmental value of LEED design strategies related to LEED credits, using empirical evidence to inform the design process through triple bottom line cost benefit analysis (TBL-CBA).

Requirements

Conduct a Triple Bottom Line - Cost Benefit Analysis on at least two LEED credits in two of the following LEED credit categories for a total of 1 point. This includes analyzing financial, environmental, and social costs and benefits associated with the selected credits. Further instructions can be found in the links below.

Location and Transportation
Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy and Atmosphere
Materials and Resources
Indoor Environment Quality

Submittals

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Credits 116-125

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  • Output from the TBL-CBA of a study period of at least 20 years in the future (or the project’s useful life if it’s shorter).
  • 3 The outputs must include the following:
    • Net Present Value of the incremental Financial Net Benefits (Benefits minus Costs),
    • both individually broken out to show each benefit and each cost individually, and the combined total of all financial benefits and costs analyzed;
    • Net Present Value of the incremental Environmental & Social Net Benefit, both individually broken out to show each environmental and social impact separately, and the combined total of all environment and social impacts analyzed;
    • Net Present Value of the Triple Bottom Line Net Benefit (combines the Environmental & Social Net Benefits with the Financial Net Benefits);
    • The Excel model used or software analysis report (e.g. “Autocase”), including the outputs above, as well as the inputs values used in the analysis and sources for the methodologies and data.
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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To demonstrate the economic, social, and environmental value of LEED design strategies related to LEED credits, using empirical evidence to inform the design process through triple bottom line cost benefit analysis (TBL-CBA).

Requirements

Conduct a Triple Bottom Line - Cost Benefit Analysis on at least two LEED credits in two of the following LEED credit categories for a total of 1 point. This includes analyzing financial, environmental, and social costs and benefits associated with the selected credits. Further instructions can be found in the links below.

Location and Transportation
Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy and Atmosphere
Materials and Resources
Indoor Environment Quality

Submittals

General

Register for the pilot credit

Credits 116-125

Credit Specific

see links for details by credit category

  • Output from the TBL-CBA of a study period of at least 20 years in the future (or the project’s useful life if it’s shorter).
  • 3 The outputs must include the following:
    • Net Present Value of the incremental Financial Net Benefits (Benefits minus Costs),
    • both individually broken out to show each benefit and each cost individually, and the combined total of all financial benefits and costs analyzed;
    • Net Present Value of the incremental Environmental & Social Net Benefit, both individually broken out to show each environmental and social impact separately, and the combined total of all environment and social impacts analyzed;
    • Net Present Value of the Triple Bottom Line Net Benefit (combines the Environmental & Social Net Benefits with the Financial Net Benefits);
    • The Excel model used or software analysis report (e.g. “Autocase”), including the outputs above, as well as the inputs values used in the analysis and sources for the methodologies and data.
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