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LEED-EB Recertification Guidance

POSSIBLE LEED RECERTIFICATON SCENARIOS

Project teams considering recertification under the LEED-EB rating system typically fall into one of the three scenarios laid out below.  This fact sheet provides information about the typical timeline for recertification under each scenario, the amount of data required for submittal, and the frequency with which important audits and surveys need to be conducted.  Whatever your situation, The Compass Group can provide the information and insight needed to make LEED recertification as smooth as possible.

Scenario 1

  • Project is able to use previous surveys (surveys conducted within previous 2 or 5 years)
  • Performance data is available
  • Project may pursue new credits that do not require a performance period
  • Timeline (3 to 4.5 months)
    • Application development (1 to 2 months)
    • Preliminary review (1 month)
    • Response (0.5 month)
    • Final review (0.5 to 1 month)
    • Certification

Scenario 2

  • Project able to use previous surveys (surveys conducted within previous 2 or 5 years)
  • Performance data is available
  • Pursuing new credit(s) that require ongoing performance data
  • Timeline (5.5 to 8 months)
    • Performance period preparations (0 to 1 month)
    • New credit performance period (3 months)
    • Application development (0.5 to 1.5 month)
    • Preliminary review (1 month)
    • Response (0.5 month)
    • Final review (0.5 to 1 month)
    • Certification

Scenario 3

  • Project must redo some or all surveys
  • Project must collect performance data (for previously attempted credits and any new credits)
  • Timeline (6.5 to 21 months)
    • Performance period preparations (1 to 2 months)
    • Performance period (3 to 15* months) – dependent on how much performance data is required
    • Application development (0.5 to 1.5 month)
    • Preliminary review (1 month)
    • Response (0.5 month)
    • Final review (0.5 to 1 month)
    • Certification

Length of PP (years)

Amount of Data Required (months)

1

3

2

6

3

9

4

12

5

Streamlined Approach to LEED-EB Certification

Looking for a smooth and cost-effective LEED for Existing Buildings Certification experience?

Do you own or operate an Energy Star labeled building? Is there a green cleaning program in place?  Are you situated near good mass transit?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your building may be a good candidate for The Compass Group’s streamlined LEED for Existing Building services.  Buildings that are candidates for this approach save time, resources, and capital compared to standard project approaches. The streamlined LEED-EB certification process has the potential of saving $10,000 to $20,000 in consulting fees, reducing the length of the process by three or more months, and significantly saving on internal resources.

How do I get started?

We will help you get started by evaluating key indices through a very brief questionnaire and conversation.  We will focus on the following indices:

Locational commuting performance
Water fixture efficiency
Energy performance
Green Cleaning Program

From there we will determine if the building is a candidate for participation.  Please contact Dirk at The Compass Group to initiate this simple process or for additional information:

Dirk Mason, LEED AP O+M
Principal, The Compass Group
608-345-6558
dmason@thecompassgroup.us

We will provide you with a brief questionnaire and set up a time for a short meeting to review the information provided in the questionnaire and discuss further details.  There is no cost to you other than a little bit of your time to discover if you are a good candidate for the streamlined LEED approach.

Who is The Compass Group?

The Compass Group is a consulting firm focused on sustainability. This includes sustainable building operations and management, LEED for Existing Buildings, emissions, and organizational benchmarking as core focus areas. The Compass Group provides strategic sustainability services to companies, building owners and operators, and organizations worldwide.

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LEED-EB for Lower-Rated ENERGY STAR Buildings

energy-star-logoTrouble meeting the LEED Energy Star score requirement?

There is an exciting new pilot credit available for satisfying the minimum energy performance in the LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Rating System.  Buildings not able to meet the LEED EAp2 minimum ENERGY STAR score of 69 have a possible path to certification using Pilot Credit 67 (EApc67).

So what is the fine print?

To earn the pilot credit, and by extension EAp2, buildings must demonstrate an energy improvement of 20% over a 12-month period, as compared to a three-year baseline.   Buildings must have four consecutive years of energy use data.   Act now, as this approach is only available to the first 500 projects and only for buildings that meet one of the ENERGY STAR eligible building types.  Buildings are not able to achieve LEED certification beyond the Certified level.

Lock in your spot now for the pilot credit.  Register your building for certification, then register your participation in the pilot credit.  The USGBC will support buildings entering LEED EBOM through this performance option in achieving continuous improvement through the LEED Recertification program.

EApc67: Pilot alternative compliance path details

Intent

To establish the minimum level of operating energy efficiency performance relative to typical buildings of similar type to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use.

Requirements

  • The pilot ACP is only available to projects from ENERGY STAR eligible building types.
  • Certification level cap: projects using this pilot ACP may not earn any points under EAc1 and are not able to achieve LEED certification beyond the Certified level.
  • Buildings entering LEED EBOM through this performance option are required to show continuous improvement through the LEED Recertification program.

Performance

  • Demonstrate at least a […]