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LEED Minimum Energy Performance Increasing on April 8

Author: Tim Murray

Big changes to LEED Energy Prerequisite. From Stuart Kaplow’s blog:Stuart Kaplow's Blog

USGBC has passed a ballot to increase the minimum energy performance for LEED 2009 projects. The new requirement will go into effect for all projects registered between April 8, 2016 and October 31, 2016 when LEEDv4 becomes mandatory for registration. 

This will change the PREREQUISITE for energy performance, taking the minimum energy performance from 10% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007 to:

-LEED-New Construction = 18% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007 (currently 4 points)
-LEED for Healthcare = 16% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007 (currently 3 points)

If you are considering LEED, know that projects can register before April 7 to lock in the current minimum energy thresholds, offering projects much more flexibility at a lower cost.

This change does not affect projects already registered under LEEDv2009.

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