The Project of concern is a Hotel Resort that is made up of 1 Main Hotel Building that includes Dining, Bar, Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools, Gym, Specialty Shop, Spa, Back of House and Services Yard.
In addition to the main hotel building, there are 6+3+2 cluster type small independent buildings that are scattered around the main hotel.
Kindly advise on the certification options and restrictions if it is intended to pursue single certification approach or is it mandated to pursue Multiple Buildings?
Eric AndersonTechnical Customer Service Specialist
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August 8, 2012 - 3:14 pm
Since this is a Hotel project, I would recommend that you review LEED Interpretation (LI) #10203 (https://www.usgbc.org/leedinterpretations/LISearch.aspx?liaccessid=10203) to determine whether some or all of the buildings in your project meet ALL the criteria listed there and would, therefore, be eligible to be treated as a 'single building', essentially, for LEED certification purposes.
Typically, for projects/buildings not meeting all the criteria set forth in that LI, each separate building on a shared site or campus would still need a separate registration, and then would have the option of using the Master Site/Campus Credit approach (aka 'Part 1') of the AGMBC (https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=10486), if they wished to do so. Pricing for this approach can be found here: http://www.gbci.org/main-nav/building-certification/fees/multiple-buildi... .
Once Group Certification (aka 'Part 2') pricing and functionality is released it will be possible to register more than one building in a single LEED project, but that has been, unfortunately, delayed bit longer and the new release date has not been determined. Please see the AGMBC webpage for more details and updates: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2326 .
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August 8, 2012 - 4:32 pm
It's good to see that the USGBC/GBCI took advice given on this forum and clarified what a single building with "ancillary" structures is. Schools are the most common occurrence where splitting into different projects was an issue.
LI 10203 is postmarked 07/01/2012. Is the LI applicable to any project, regardless of registration date? There are still LEED NC v2.2 and Schools v2007 projects registered long ago this LI should be applicable to.
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October 29, 2012 - 11:24 am
Eric or other LEED Users,
For a new construction elementary school following the single certification process, how are the energy efficiency credits handled? As a "single" building including the total square footage and total energy consumption? Is there any additional guidance that GBCI/USGBC provides to outline the submittal process since the certification is on a campus basis rather than building by building? Thanks for your help.
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January 16, 2013 - 12:20 pm
Great question. Now I am curious too; I wonder if there is any guidance in the AGMBC 2011 document--is there? If not it would be great to have some guidance on how to calculate EAp2 /EAc1 where a single elementary school consists of 2-4 small (2,000 -8,000 sq.ft.) single story 'buildings' all closely connected by a 10 foot wide covered walkway, with one electric meter and one gas meter. Thanks for any clear guidance. Please do let me know when we get answers to our questions.