USGBC Increases LEED Energy Performance Requirements - Energy Watch News

USGBC Increases LEED Energy Performance Requirements

New projects registering for LEED 2009 must now meet a higher threshold for minimum energy performance. Projects must now earn at least 4 of a possible 19 points in Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1, Optimize Energy Performance. An energy savings of at least 18% is required for a new building, while 14% is the minimum savings for a major renovation over the baseline rating according to ASHRAE 90.1-2007. The previous requirement was 10% for new buildings or 5% for a major renovation compared to the ASHRAE baseline. This change applies to all LEED 2009 projects registered until Oct. 31, the last day a project can be registered under LEED 2009.

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