LEED requires performance data

In the latest version of LEED, buildings seeking certification must submit data periodically.


The U.S. Green Building Council ( USGBC ) announced that buildings seeking LEED certification must begin submitting operational performance data on a recurring basis. Buildings can fulfill this requirement three ways: by recertifying every two years, providing energy and water usage data every year, or allowing the USGBC to access the data directly from the utility provider.

"Today there is all too often a disconnect, or performance gap, between the energy modeling done during the design phase and what actually happens during daily operation after the building is constructed," said Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED. "We're convinced that ongoing monitoring and reporting of data is the single best way to drive higher building performance."

Periodic data reports also will help improve future versions of LEED, according to USGBC. The data will show what requirements make an actual impact on performance and what the building owners and users can do to make a difference.

USGBC wants to assure that periodic metering will not become too unrealistic or expensive for certain building types. In the case of a central plant, military base, or a university campus, where it would be "cost prohibitive" to install meters on every single building, the requirement would be waived.

No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Commissioning lighting control systems; 2016 Commissioning Giants; Design high-efficiency hot water systems for hospitals; Evaluating condensation and condensate
Solving HVAC challenges; Thermal comfort criteria; Liquid-immersion cooling; Specifying VRF systems; 2016 Product of the Year winners
MEP Giants; MEP Annual Report; Mergers and acquisitions; Passive, active fire protection; LED retrofits; HVAC energy efficiency
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing Arc Flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Putting COPS into context; Designing medium-voltage electrical systems; Planning and designing resilient, efficient data centers; The nine steps of designing generator fuel systems
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
click me