This prerequisite and credit is a modified version of the process waterProcess water is used for industrial processes and building systems such as cooling towers, boilers, and chillers. It can also refer to water used in operational processes, such as dishwashing, clothes washing, and ice making. credit originally available in LEED for Schools. This pilot credit is based on the prerequisite proposed for LEED 2012.
Provide a copy of the purchasing policy, which must include:
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors
This pilot credit is closed to new registrations
To reduce the burden on water supply and wastewater systems by increasing the water efficiency of appliances and water-consuming processes.
* This credit language is drawn from the LEED v4 draft. Where other point totals are noted, this pilot credit is worth 1 point in total. *
Install appliances, equipment, and processes within the project scope that meet the requirements listed in the tables below .
gpm = gallons per minute
lpm = liters per minute
Register for the pilot credit
NC, CS, Schools, Retail NC, CI, Retail CI, Healthcare:
EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems.:
Provide a copy of the purchasing policy, which must include:
Provide the following:
What impact can we expect LEED v4 to have on pilot credits? Will some of these be integrated into the new version, and will there be new pilot credits to achieve?
Janna, many pilot credits were being tested in the pilot credit library prior to being included in LEED v4. Now that LEED v4 is launched and those credits are included in v4 and available for all LEED projects, they are being retired from the pilot credit library. USGBC will continue to introduce new pilot credits as they have new ideas to test.
Can cooling equipmentThe equipment used for cooling room air in a building for human comfort. with once through cooling, that utilizes NONPOTABLE waterNonpotable water: does not meet EPA's drinking water quality standards and is not approved for human consumption by the state or local authorities having jurisdiction. Water that is unsafe or unpalatable to drink because it contains pollutants, contaminants, minerals, or infective agents., be applicable for this credit or is it also ineligible? Could not locate this in the reference guide
I would say no to the use of nonpotable waterNonpotable water: does not meet EPA's drinking water quality standards and is not approved for human consumption by the state or local authorities having jurisdiction. Water that is unsafe or unpalatable to drink because it contains pollutants, contaminants, minerals, or infective agents., if it ends up going to a sanitary drain. If the heat is rejected in a surface water system, you might also end up with thermal pollution issues.
We are constructing a large expansion to a dairy products manufacturing plant which the owner desires to certify. Both ourselves (CM) and the design team are concerned about the projects ability to meet WE PR1. To us, the reference manual is less than clear as to how we must treat process waterProcess water is used for industrial processes and building systems such as cooling towers, boilers, and chillers. It can also refer to water used in operational processes, such as dishwashing, clothes washing, and ice making.. This is significant as the process water is 90%+ of the total water usage.
This is a regulated facility so there are limitations on the techiques that can be employed.
Can anyone share any experiences with similar situations
Steve, I'm sorry, but this post kind of got lost here. It would be better to post it to our WEp1 forum.
The tables (1-4) referenced in the Credit Language tab do not display. Please advise. Thank you!
Hi Nena, the pilot credit is a little easier to read on the USGBC website. It looks to me that Table 2 doesn't exist, and Tables 3 & 4 don't apply to EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. projects...
We're in the process of looking for a commercial grade under counter dishwasher, we have determined that the best suited for our application is the Miele G8050. In total over a 3 - 5 year time frame we'll be installing 20 of these units. Miele does not take part in the Leed certification process so I'm looking for some guidance on what steps I should take to ensure that the units are good enough to meet Leed requirements for our application.
Hi Grant, have you looked at Energy Star website. They have a long list of Energy Star products along with their water consumption.
A bit of a late follow-up, but it may help other project teams going forward -
We had a project use an ice maker that was not ENERGY STAR labeled, but met the ENERGY STAR performance equivalency. We were able to confirm this by comparing manufacturer specifications to ENERGY STAR criteria(http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=comm_ice_machines.pr_crit_comm_ice...). Other appliances applicable to this Pilot Credit have similar ENERGY STAR criteria that are available to view on their website.
Hi All, This may be a dumb question but it doesn't seem clear in the credit language. Is ACTUAL purchasing of this equipment required during the performance period like the other MR Credits? If it is, there should be clarification on the credit language. Thank you!
On the USGBC website it looks like EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. projects must provide:
"documentation that at least 20% of all installed equipment and 100% of purchases during the performance period meet the requirements."
I think this functions similar to the custodial equipment credit, where you're not required to make any equipment purchases, but if you do, all of them must meet the requirements.
The Pilot Credit requires “commercial clothes washers” to comply with CEE Tier 3A. Upon investigation, we discovered that this standard applies only to “family-sized washers” for laundromats, multi-family buildings and institutions. The CEE website indicates that these units are “nearly identical to residential models available in retail outlets.” Many of our clients utilize “heavy duty/industrial” washers that do not fall into this category. Is anyone aware of an equivalent standard for “heavy duty/industrial” washers or if one is currently being developed by Energy Star, or CEE another group?
We (USGBC staff) would be interested to hear if anyone has found a program for heavy industrial clothes washers. Right now these aren't part of the credit because we can't find a water/energy efficiency program that addresses them the way CEE & ENERGY STAR address the smaller ones.
I was just on the Energy Star website and as of February 1st, they've expanded their criteria for washers to include some commercial-grade machines. I don't know if this helps you, but here's the link:
There should be some sort of water use threshold that the project needs to exceed in order to be eligible for the credit. I'm not sure if it should be a GPM value or a percentage of total water used, but achieving a credit for only one or two appliances on a large project seems out of sorts. Thoughts?
I disagree that the number of appliances should matter. I believe the estimated GPM for the appliances should be noted though, and that perhaps a threshold could come out of that.
Hi Adam - This pilot credit is based on the v4 Indoor Water Use Reduction credit (the portion relating to appliance and process waterProcess water is used for industrial processes and building systems such as cooling towers, boilers, and chillers. It can also refer to water used in operational processes, such as dishwashing, clothes washing, and ice making.). In that language there are entry thresholds to earning credit. For example, "To use Table 2, the project must process at least 120,000 lbs (57 606 kg) of laundry per year".Those thresholds, along with other updates to the credit language will be posted in January. To see what the language will look like, take a look at: https://new.usgbc.org/node/2611746?return=/credits/retail---new-construc...
We are looking into this credit for a restoration project at a Navy Yard. After reviewing the credit, it is feasible for us to achieve if the credit does not have any impact on the campus central plant. Within our building, we comply with the “no once through cooling with potable waterPotable water meets or exceeds EPA's drinking water quality standards and is approved for human consumption by the state or local authorities having jurisdiction; it may be supplied from wells or municipal water systems. for any equipment or appliances that reject heat.” However, the central plant that we get our chilled water from has cooling towers, which would need to comply with the upgrades listed in Table 2, IF this credit impacts the central plant.
The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) updated their list of models that are compliant for the varioius CEE Tier ratings. The website had great information on other appliances too. Check out www.cee1.org.
This a great resource! Thank you for the assistance!
Where do I find the design flow rates for residentail diswashers and commercial washers?
for this pilot credit, the process items just need to meet a minimum performance requirement, rather than show a design case reduction from baseline.
The performance requirements for ENERGY STAR can be found here: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=dishwash.pr_crit_dishwashers (residential dishwashers) and here: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=clotheswash.pr_crit_clothes_washers (commercial clothes washers)
How would a team determine the effluent flow rates from residential dishwashers and clothes washing machines? Are there industry standard assumptions for the amount of water lost to evaporation when opening a dishwasher door, or the amount of water leaving a washing machine on wet clothing? Or are we to assume a conservative 1:1 supply to effluent ratio for these appliances?
Hi Kimberly - effluent is not really a consideration, at least for the pilot credit. In order to make the process clear and simple to document, we're deferring to the ENERGY STAR specifications on dishwashers and clothes washers. We're looking at the efficiency of the machines in wash process, rather than the total process waterProcess water is used for industrial processes and building systems such as cooling towers, boilers, and chillers. It can also refer to water used in operational processes, such as dishwashing, clothes washing, and ice making. use of the building.
hii, we are doing a LEED-CI project, in our project scope I found Dishwasher only water consuming appliance, with this can I apply for this credit and whether this will be acceptable or not??
As I understand it, this credit is on a par with EAc1.4 for CI, and also includes water. Your pre-rinse sprays and hand sinks may also be included. No ice machine? Also, as a dishwasher manufacturer, I can tell you first hand that dishwashers, particularly rack conveyor and flights, represent one of the largest opportunities for water and energy savings. There have been DRASTIC drops in both water and KW. As I also understand it, even if it is only a dishwasher, it is PURCHASED, so it counts. I don't think that there is a rule that it has to be a certain number of pieces, such as in LEED for Schools, WEc4.
Correct, if the dishwasher is the only applicable appliance then currently you could earn the point that way.
A couple of notes on this: the concern of earning a point for such a small water user came up a lot in public comment, so for the 2nd public comment version of this credit (available in July) there will be some minimum use thresholds in place to ensure that the efficient appliances are indeed having a large impact on the project's total water use.
Also, this pilot credit is based on the LEED 2012 Prerequisite, rather than the credit, so the requirements are less stringent than the credit that will be available in 2012.
thank you for reply...
But whether electric water heaters like Geyser can be counted under this credit. and please let me know what means schedule, what details need to be given in schedule.
As far as I can tell, water heaters are not included, because it can be used in a way that wouldn't make it process waterProcess water is used for industrial processes and building systems such as cooling towers, boilers, and chillers. It can also refer to water used in operational processes, such as dishwashing, clothes washing, and ice making..
I am unable to get clarification on two requirements for this Pilot credit:
1) the prerinse spray valve flow rate of 1.3 gpm. Does this apply to dishwashers? If yes, manufacturers do not supply this information.
2) Water temperature tempering. Would this apply to the dishwasher also? If yes, the residential dishwasher in our project, made by GE, does not include a water tempering feature.
Any help on this topic would be appreciated.
I would think that the prerinse spray valve would be part of a process done outside of the residential dishwasher and that the manufacturer could provide a total water consumption for the different cycles of the dishwasher. If your user is processing dishes by spraying them first and then loading into the dishwasher, that is the spray valve you need to find. The dishwasher has no mixing valve? That is what is tempering the water.
Based on this coment I am assuming that the requirement for the prerinse spray valves would only apply to a commercial dishwasher one would find in a restaurant. I am still puzzled about the water temperature tempering requirement found in table 2.-min. performance requirements for water-consuming processes. Would this apply to the hot water being discharged by a dishwasher?
I don't have a perfect response here, as systems are different, but in general "pre-rinse spray valve" is referring to a stand alone spray hose that is often used in food service settings but wouldn't likely be present in an office kitchenette, for example. It is not referring to a part of the dishwasher.
As for the temperature tempering requirement, we received many public comments on the temperature tempering language in this credit and the difficultly in implementing the strategy that is outlined in the credit. It is currently being revisited by the Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group (WE TAGLEED Technical Advisory Group (TAG): Subcommittees that consist of industry experts who assist in developing credit interpretations and technical improvements to the LEED system.) and will be modified/clarified for better use by project teams.
In the meantime, please document the flow rates and labels of your process waterProcess water is used for industrial processes and building systems such as cooling towers, boilers, and chillers. It can also refer to water used in operational processes, such as dishwashing, clothes washing, and ice making. and appliances for pilot credit review. For the dishwasher, we'll be looking for whether the dishwasher meets ENERGY STAR, which has a water efficiency component. We anticipate that the new version of the pilot credit (with clarifications) will be up in July. Currently registered projects may switch to the new language at that time.
Better late than never--if this is a commercial project.......-the commercial dishwasher gpm/gph can be found via NSF--http://www.nsf.org/Certified/Common/Company.asp?TradeName=&CompanyName=&PlantState=&PlantCountry=&PlantRegion=&Standard=003&search=SEARCH. Also, there is no ENERGY STAR standard for flight-type dishwashers, which are most common in hospitals, hotels, universities, etc. LEED for Healthcare and Retail have gal/rack standards, and a gph for flights.
To add on to Suzanne's post, this pilot credit is based on the proposed appliance & process waterProcess water is used for industrial processes and building systems such as cooling towers, boilers, and chillers. It can also refer to water used in operational processes, such as dishwashing, clothes washing, and ice making. prerequisite, which does not currently place requirements on flight type dishwashers. However, the proposed appliance & process water credit will have a performance metric for flight type dishwashers of 150 gph. We're also revising some of the other prerequisite and credit numbers for second public comment to better align with LEED for Retail and Healthcare numbers, and with what's available in the market. Those new numbers (and a new version of the pilot credit) should be out in July or so.
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