CI-v4 EQc8: Quality views

  • Support occupant health by providing quality views

    This credit is typically easier to achieve in open-plan layouts, which allow for multiple view angles, or in floor plans where closed rooms do not block views.

    If the first three view types don't seem achievable for your project, you might consider taking a closer look at the “view factor” calculation for the fourth view type, which is based on window height and distance to workstation. It's more challenging to document, but can be more flexible as well.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • The credit requirements are based on the exemplary performanceIn LEED, certain credits have established thresholds beyond basic credit achievement. Meeting these thresholds can earn additional points through Innovation in Design (ID) or Innovation in Operations (IO) points. As a general rule of thumb, ID credits for exemplary performance are awarded for doubling the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold. However, this rule varies on a case by case basis, so check the credit requirements. requirements from LEED 2009.
    • Glazing must provide a clear view of the outdoors. The glazing does not have to be located between 30 and 90 inches (750 and 2,300 millimeters) above the finished floor.
    • Atriums now qualify for up to 30% of the total area.
    • For Healthcare projects, inpatient unit requirements now include nonperimeter area. USGBC modified the requirements for direct lines of sight in the perimeter area to align with other rating systems.


    Can views be counted through multiple clear workstation partitions?

    Clear interior glazing is acceptable, and the LEED Reference Guide does not include a limit on the number of glazing panels that can be between the user and the perimeter (exterior) glazing. 

    For your LEED documentation, you’ll need to provide sections or interior elevations with glazing elements and sight lines demonstrating that sight lines do not encounter permanent interior obstructions.

  • EQ Credit 8: Quality views


    To give building occupants a connection to the natural outdoor environment by providing quality views.


    Achieve a direct line of sight to the outdoors via vision glazing for 75% of all regularly occupied floor area.

    View glazing in the contributing area must provide a clear image of the exterior, not obstructed by frits, fibers, patterned glazing, or added tints that distort color balance.

    Additionally, 75% of all regularly occupied floor area must have at least two of the following four kinds of views:

    • multiple lines of sight to vision glazing in different directions at least 90 degrees apart;
    • views that include at least two of the following: (1) flora, fauna, or sky; (2) movement; and (3) objects at least 25 feet from the exterior of the glazing;
    • unobstructed views located within the distance of three times the head height of the vision glazing; and
    • views with a view factor of 3 or greater, as defined in “Windows and Offices; A Study of Office Worker Performance and the Indoor Environment.”
    • Views into interior atria may be used to meet up to 30% of the required area.

      Include any permanent interior obstructions and moveable furniture and partitions.

Daylight and Quality Views Calculator

Project teams can use the USGBC Daylight and Quality Views Calculator to list qualifying spaces for LEED v4 BD+C EQ Credit Daylight, LEED v4 BD+C EQ Credit Quality Views, LEED v4 ID+C EQ Credit Daylight, LEED v4 ID+C EQ Credit Quality Views or LEED v4 O+M EQ Credit Daylight and Quality Views. Different requirements are noted for LEED v4 BD+C: Healthcare and LEED v4 BD+C: Warehouse and Distribution Center projects.


Subramaniam Chandrasekaran SSS Consultants
Jun 22 2017
LEEDuser Member
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Furniture heights

Project Location: India

exactly same as the below mentioned point; for a project, the interior designer wants to know whether they have to go with 1050 mm or 1100 mm of workstation height; this clarification answers; but what was the logic in not mentioning now in v4; can you please clarify? how does it make any difference? Thanks

Todd Reed Daylight Designer, 7group Jul 10 2017 LEEDuser Expert 15392 Thumbs Up

There is no restriction on what size furniture you can have inside a project. From the reference guide, identify permanent interior obstructions (see Definitions). Movable furniture and partitions as well as movable glare control devices may be included in the calculations, but this is not required.

There is no required minimum site line in v4. But you need to consider your occupants line of site to the exterior. Eventhough you do not need to include furniture, you should not have furniture that would block the vision of the occupants. So, using the 42" line is still a good benchmark to determine whether those sitting at desks have views to the exterior.

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emily reese Sustainability Consultant Jacobs
Mar 31 2017
LEEDuser Member
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furniture heights

Project Location: United States

I don't see anywhere in the reference there a specific height restriction for furniture (such as in an open office area) that items should be under in order to allow the space to count towards credit compliance? I'm pretty sure it was called out in v3 as 42". I don't see any specific number listed in the v4 guide, addenda (there are none for this credit) or on this page above.
We are selecting furnishings now, and want to make sure we don't select our way out of this credit. Looking at workstation partitions, and items such as filing cabinets.
Is aligning the spine of our workstations perpendicular to the windows an easy way to ensure more compliance?

emily reese Sustainability Consultant, Jacobs Apr 18 2017 LEEDuser Member 1899 Thumbs Up

I got a direct response from LEEDCoach. Here it is, for reference if anyone else needs it:
"When evaluating regularly occupied spacesEnclosed space intended for human activities, excluding those spaces that are intended primarily for other purposes, such as storage rooms and equipment rooms, and that are only occupied occasionally and for short periods of time. Occupied spaces are further classified as regularly occupied or nonregularly occupied spaces based on the duration of the occupancy, individual or multioccupant based on the quantity of occupants, and densely or nondensely occupied spaces based on the concentration of occupants in the space. for EQc Quality Views in ID+C v4, permanent interior obstructions and moveable furniture and partitions must be taken into account, however, there is not a specific height restriction for furniture. This allows project teams flexibility when determining how quality views will be provided within the projects."


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