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LEED Zero: An Orientation

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LEEDuser tip sheets, written by our team of LEED experts, fill gaps in knowledge we’ve observed between the LEED Reference Guide, LEED Online, and LEED Interpretations. We update them regularly so that our members get the most relevant guidance for current issues on their projects.

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Ben Stanley

WSP - Built Ecology
Senior Sustainability Manager


April 3, 2019 - 8:54 am

My issue with this LEED Zero Energy program is the same with the original CaGBC version.  Any Existing building can rubber stamp and claim "Zero Energy".
- New buildings have to achieve LEED certification.  Existing buildings just have to register for LEED O+M.
- There is no minimum standard of energy reduction.  This should require significant energy reductions.  To qualify for this standard a building should be down near 30 EUI.
- This allows normal wasteful construction, but they just write a check for renewable energy credits for 12 months.  An adder of about 10% on the energy bill.

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