I am running into an issue pursuing LEED certification due to this prerequisite for a hotel with a casino, but I saw a comment about a code caveat that poses an interesting opporunity for our project. It is on Native Americal land ("indian reservation"), and does not have a code to follow for smoking. Please advise if this could be an exception.
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Dave HubkaPractice Leader - Sustainability
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August 20, 2021 - 11:30 am
I am not so sure that demonstrating local code allows smoking will allow prereq compliance.
Recently I had a similar situation with the ventilation prereq on a 25-story residential building. The local code does not require ventilation for the corridors serving the residential units, so I tried to demonstrate to USGBC that the project met the local ventilation code and hence should demonstrate prereq achievement. USGBC did not allow me to use this path.
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August 20, 2021 - 11:56 am
What code caveat are you referencing, I would be interested to know more about it? Many of the LEED requirements are above and beyond an established code, or have compliance paths if a code/regulation isn't in place (like no requirements for open space, parking spots, etc), so don't know how you could get around that.