How energy-efficient is your project building compared with the national average for similar building types? If your project building is already performing well, you may only need to document that performance in order to meet the prerequisite. If your building is relatively inefficient, on the other hand, may have to make operational changes or capital investments to make some improvements. Project teams with underperforming buildings may start by performing an energy audit to identify areas of waste, and the best opportunities for improving efficiency. There are a number of federal and regional programs that offer rebates or other financial incentives for energy upgrades, so capital investments may see relatively fast paybacks.
Accessing the Energy Star Portfolio Manager website.
All project teams are required to use EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track a minimum 12 months of data for all energy consumption. The data are then benchmarked based on source Energy Use Intensity (EUI) to show compliance. Source EUI incorporates efficiency factors into an analysis of the total amount of raw fuel (or “source energy”) used to operate the building, rather than using the more limited measure of site energy, which reflects the amount of utility heat and electricity consumed at the building. Most buildings will benchmark through Energy Star and document the prerequisite through Case 1. Those not eligible for an Energy Star rating will use summary data generated in Portfolio Manager in conjunction with protocols provided by USGBC to complete benchmarking calculations and document the prerequisite and credit through Case 2.
Thirteen building space types are eligible for Energy Star ratings. Typically, if at least 50% of the building’s gross floor areaGross floor area (based on ASHRAE definition) is the sum of the floor areas of the spaces within the building, including basements, mezzanine and intermediate‐floored tiers, and penthouses wi th headroom height of 7.5 ft (2.2 meters) or greater. Measurements m ust be taken from the exterior 39 faces of exterior walls OR from the centerline of walls separating buildings, OR (for LEED CI certifying spaces) from the centerline of walls separating spaces. Excludes non‐en closed (or non‐enclosable) roofed‐over areas such as exterior covered walkways, porches, terraces or steps, roof overhangs, and similar features. Excludes air shafts, pipe trenches, and chimneys. Excludes floor area dedicated to the parking and circulation of motor vehicles. ( Note that while excluded features may not be part of the gross floor area, and therefore technically not a part of the LEED project building, they may still be required to be a part of the overall LEED project and subject to MPRs, prerequisites, and credits.) (excluding parking lots and garages) is classified as one of the following space types, the project is eligible and must use Case 1:
To ensure national comparability, climate data is used to normalize energy consumption to compare the project building to similar buildings in similar climate zones, eliminating potential regional variations. However, it may be easier in certain regions to improve a building’s efficiency based on city or state policies. For example, savings achieved through energy-efficiency improvements may qualify your project for state and local utility incentive programs. Ask local utility providers about incentives and rebate programs.
The updated Case 2 calculator (see resources section) uses Labs21 to facilitate benchmarking for buildings with laboratory spaces. The calculator includes specific directions to walk you through the process.
Yes, international projects that are comprised of ratable space under Energy Star must still pursue the EAp2/EAc1 via Case 1.
Generally, it is not possible to benchmark multiple buildings as a single entity on Portfolio Manager for Case 1 or for Case 2. Each building must be separately benchmarked as a standalone entity according to either Case 1 or Case 2 depending on the space type associated with each building. USGBC’s Application Guide for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Projects is a good resource to reference in this type of scenario.
The first step is to enter the building and associated space characteristics on Portfolio Manager to see if the building is eligible for an Energy Star rating. If it is, you go with Case 1 and if not, go to the Case 2 calculator. Energy Star has published additional guidance for mixed-use buildings that is a great resource in this circumstance.
In this case it is a good idea to (1) reach out to Energy Star directly to determine if the structures should be benchmarked as a single building or two and then (2) reference the LEED Supplemental Guidance to the Minimum Program Requirements. If it is still unclear after those two steps are taken, it’s also a good idea to communicate with USGBC directly to confirm the best approach.
In order to use an Energy Star label for the streamlined path, the Label must have been awarded within 12 months of the LEED application submittal date. For example, if you receive label award notification from Energy Star on March 5, 2012, you can use the score associated with the label as long as you submit your application to GBCI on or before March 5, 2013.
Process loads generally may not be excluded from the building’s energy use for benchmarking purposes. However, depending on the appropriate compliance path, you may be able to normalize the energy use from process loads based on the relative activity level of the building operations. For example, if the building is a manufacturing facility, part of the benchmarking process will involve normalizing energy use based on the relative output of the facility. Use of CIRs in the case of special benchmarking for buildings with process loads is recommended.
For the LEED submission, provide a summary of submetered energy use for the project building along with the utility bills for the campus. Include a narrative summarizing the sub-metering approach and explaining the difference between the utility bills and the submetered energy use data included on Portfolio Manager, which commonly includes a spreadsheet showing the deductions from the total consumption used to show the energy attributable to the project, or how submeter readings for each separate entity add up to the whole reflected in the utility bills.
If you have a space that is submetered, is under separate management, and does not support the typical operations of the remaining portions of the building, this space may be excluded from the prerequisite.
When applicable variables change during the performance period, these changes must be recorded on Portfolio Manager to ensure accurate benchmarking of the building. When making updates to the space characteristics on Portfolio Manager, make sure to select “update” rather than “correct” and note the date when the updated space characteristic was first true. By selecting “update” the change in the building characteristic is only counted for the appropriate portion of the performance period rather than the whole thing. For example if 20% of the building space becomes vacant half way through the performance period, update the vacant space on Portfolio Manager so that the building was 100% occupied for half of the performance period and 80% occupied for the other half. In these circumstances, it is a good idea to provide a copy of the “Revision History” for affected spaces along with the prerequisite submittal.
For EAc6, the performance period should fall within 30 days of the latest performance period end date for all other credits and prerequisites. It should not follow the period of the Energy Star label associated with the streamlined path for EAp2.
The number of monitors in the building does not impact the number of computers entered into Portfolio Manager. The value for computers should reflect the total number of personal computers and servers in the office space. For example, if the office space includes 10 PCs, 5 laptops, and 25 monitors, the input for Portfolio Manager is 15 PCs.
For office buildings, if the vacant space is greater than 10% of the building area use the following guidance as indicated in the USGBC Reduced Occupancy Guidance document. For all other space types, no other changes are required for this credit.
Assess current performance and Energy Star eligibility. Benchmark current performance based on the option that applies to the project building. Make operational improvements or equipment upgrades to meet minimum energy performance requirements.
Benchmarking can typically be managed by in-house staff, reducing capital investment.
Review “15 O&M Best Practices for Energy-Efficient Buildings,” a helpful document published by Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI) to assist facility managers and building owners with basic energy-efficiency issues.
Provide building operators with access to BOMA’s BEEP (Building Energy Efficiency Program) training webinars to maintain regular and effective training for personnel responsible for daily building operations.
Collect energy metering data for a minimum period of the most recent twelve months.
Be sure that information is copied accurately from utility bills, including start and end dates of the statement period, and that you are using actual meter readings as opposed to estimated readings whenever possible. Replace estimated meter readings with actual meter readings once those statements are received. Exporting data inputs from Energy Star and graphing the utility data can help uncover data entry errors through visual comparison.
Energy Star requires precise data to describe the different space types in the building, including the square footage, number of occupants and computers, and other characteristics of daily operations. Careful inventory of these variables will result in a more accurate rating.
Energy metering data may be excluded for up to 10% of the building’s gross floor area if that space is sub-metered and used for an independent purpose unrelated to typical business operations, such as a cafeteria; or used as a computer data center.
LEED defers to Energy Star practices and standards to generate a Portfolio Manager rating or score. Where questions arise regarding this score, review Energy Star technical guidance documents and contact Energy Star customer service to facilitate the process.
If you initially get a low Energy Star score, start your process by identifying no- and low-cost operational changes to reduce energy consumption. If your building is an energy hog, it’s more likely that these opportunities will exist, and focusing on them to start with will help you go the distance. For instance, simply changing heating and cooling set points by one or two degrees and getting into the practice of turning off lights and office equipment when not in use will have dramatic effects on overall building energy use.
Building owners can reduce overall operating costs by optimizing energy performance; many operational energy-efficiency improvements will provide instant or short-term paybacks.
Pursuing commissioning through EAc2 will help identify energy-efficiency improvements, and will pay off particularly well in inefficient buildings.
Many state and federal agencies offer rebates or other financial incentives to companies that undertake energy-efficiency initiatives.
For building types covered by Energy Star but located outside the U.S., use Case 1. Portfolio Manager proivdes a list of non-U.S. locations, but it is not complete. If the location for an international project is not listed, consult ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Appendices B and B to determine a comparable U.S. city.
Continue entering monthly metering data into Portfolio Manager to update the building data.
Closely monitor energy consumption and correct any conditions contributing to energy waste.
Track any changes in occupancy or space uses, if any, to adjust Portfolio Manager inputs accordingly.
Expect no costs for in-house calculations or tracking and minimal costs when using a consultant to complete calculations using provided data.
Provide documentation of the Energy Star rating or certificate award from the EPA.
You must generate an Energy Star score if the building type is listed as an eligible space in Portfolio Manager. Case 2 is not allowed for buildings eligible for Energy Star.
Complete the EAp2/EAc1 Case 2 Calculator to demonstrate the building’s level of energy efficiency.
Use figures generated in Portfolio Manager to complete the EAp2/EAc1 Case 2 Calculator spreadsheet.
If the building type is listed in Portfolio Manager, but is not eligible for an Energy Star score, then you will most likely be able to use the Option 1 of the EAp2/EAc1 Case 2 Calculator. Complete the “Eligibility” Tab of the Option EAp2/EAc1 Case 2 Calculator to confirm which option you should use.
Provide one of the following data summaries:
If determining the Energy Baseline Including Historical Data, the three years of data must fall within six years of the beginning of the performance period.
If the project building type is not listed in Portfolio Manager, and more than 10% of the building space must be entered into Portfolio Manager as “other,” then you will most likely need to use the Option C calculator. Complete the “Eligibility” Tab of the EAp2/EAc1 Case 2 Calculator to confirm which option you should use.
Industry reports may provide useful benchmarking comparisons and eliminate the need for you to locate three comparable buildings on your own. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) publishes benchmarking reports that are available on its website.
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
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.
For buildings eligible to receive an energy performance rating using the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool, achieve an energy performance rating of at least 69. If the building is eligible for an energy performance rating using Portfolio Manager, Option 1 must be used.
Have energy meters that measure all energy use throughout the performance period of all buildings to be certified. Each building’s energy performance must be based on actual metered energy consumption for the LEED project building(s). A full 12 months of continuous measured energy data is required.
Calibrate meters within the manufacturer’s recommended interval if the building owner, management organization or tenant owns the meter. Meters owned by third parties (e.g., utilities or governments) are exempt.
For buildings with a primary space type not eligible to receive an energy performance rating using Portfolio Manager, comply with 1 of the following:
Demonstrate energy efficiency performance that is better than 69% of similar buildings (69th percentile or better) by benchmarking against national source energySource energy is the total amount of raw fuel required to operate a building; it incorporates all transmission, delivery, and production losses for a complete assessment of a building's energy use. data provided in the Portfolio Manager tool as an alternative to energy performance ratings. Projects outside the U.S. may use a local benchmark based on source energy from their country's national or regional energy agency. Follow the detailed instructions in the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Operations & Maintenance, 2009 Edition.
Demonstrate energy efficiency performance by determining an alternative rating score using the Portfolio Manager tool to report the building's energy use data from the performance period. Follow the detailed instructions in the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Operations & Maintenance, 2009 Edition.
Enter energy use data during the performance period for at least 1 year into Portfolio Manager to determine the “weather-normalized source energy intensity”. Use this value in the offline calculator to determine the percent reduction from the streamlined baseline.
Enter at least 3 consecutive years of historical energy use data into Portfolio Manager in addition to the current year’s data to determine the “weather-normalized source energy intensity” for each year. Use these values in the offline calculator to determine a baseline using the historical energy use data of the project building.
In addition to the historical data used in Option 2b, provide energy use data for at least 3 other buildings with similar uses over at least a 2-year period to determine the “average energy performance of a similar building” in Portfolio Manager. Enter this data into the offline calculator.
Achieve energy efficiency performance better than the minimum requirements listed above; points are awarded according to the table below.
Have energy meters that measure all energy use throughout the performance period of all buildings to be certified. Each building’s energy performance must be based on actual metered energy consumption for both the LEED project and all comparable buildings used for the benchmark. A full 12 months of continuous measured energy data is required.
Use the Portfolio Manager tool available on the ENERGY STAR website to benchmark the project even if it is not eligible for an EPA rating: http://www.energystar.gov/benchmark.
You may use the LEED v4 version of this credit on v2009 projects. For more information check out this article.
This credit has an alternative compliance path available for the use of ISO 50001: Energy Management Systems. For more information see Pilot ACP 86: LEED 2009 EBOM ACPs for ISO 50001.
Existing building commissioning and energy audits will help identify areas of building operations that are not efficient. Implement energy-efficient retrofits and energy-saving techniques to reduce the building’s energy use. Energy-efficient equipment such as office equipment, maintenance equipment and appliances will aid in the reduction of energy waste. Employ the use of meters on major mechanical systems to effectively monitor the energy consumption of each.
In addition to efficiency improvements, consider renewable energy options as a way to minimize the building’s environmental impact.
EPA's system for helping you track and improve energy efficiency across your entire portfolio of buildings.
A helpful guide for use of Portfolio Manager to track energy utility data.
A helpful guide to assist facility managers with best practices for common energy-efficiency issues.
Required reference document for DES systems in LEED energy credits.
Portfolio Manager explains the eligibility requirements for tracking and benchmarking energy use over time in commercial and institutional buildings.
Calculator for LEED-EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems., optimizing energy efficiency performance.
IFMAInternational Facility Management Association is the largest international facilities managers' organization.
The Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) has a program called BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP). BEEP
ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization.
ASHRAE publishes widely used standards and publishes the ASHRAE Journal.
Complete LEED Online documentation for achievement of EAp2 on a certified Gold LEED-EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. 2009 project in Denver, Colorado.
This annotated sample of the LEED Online form demonstrates how to document EAp2 and EAc1.
The following links take you to the public, informational versions of the dynamic LEED Online forms for each EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems.-2009 EA credit. You'll need to fill out the live versions of these forms on LEED Online for each credit you hope to earn.
These links are posted by LEEDuser with USGBC's permission. USGBC has certain usage restrictions for these forms; for more information, visit LEED Online and click "Sample Forms Download."
Is there a correlation of PUE (Power Utilization Effectiveness) and Energy Star rating? We have an existing DC facility with a PUE of 1.55 which gives a score of 100 when entering full energy details, which appears to be extremely good for the process. Has anyone experienced the issue or relating PUE to the level of Energy Star rating?
I don't know the answer to your question exactly but ENERGY STAR has a number of FAQ documents related to data centers and PUE. Here are a few that might shed some light.
I have a question about the following statement from above :
"We have an international project and the space type is eligible for an Energy Star rating. Can we pursue Case 1 to demonstrate compliance given the recently released alternative compliance paths for international projects?
Yes, international projects that are comprised of ratable space under Energy Star must still pursue the EAp2/EAc1 via Case 1."
Does it mean that it is possible to obtain an energy performance rating from Energy star for any project/location outside US as long as the building type is ratable ?
If someone has a feedback about this specif case I will be glad to get some details .
Thanks in advance
In a case of an office building which has an underground parking serving the building which has a surface area larger than the office spaces how should this issue be handled with Energy Star Portfolio Manager? If parking area exceeds office area then the Portfolio Manager does not come with a result (stating that the building has a predominant use of parking instead of office). Should the parking area and the corresponding energy usage not included in the tool at all or should it be included in the GFA instead?
I think the only way to make it work is to submeterSubmetering is used to determine the proportion of energy or water use within a building attributable to specific end uses such as tenant spaces, or subsystems such as the heating component of an HVAC system. the energy use for the parking garage and then exclude it, and its energy use, from the profile on Portfolio Manager. The parking area can't be included in the GFA of the office space.
Thank you Ben. The energy use related to parking is submetered and consequently neither the parking surface area nor the corresponding energy use will be entered in the relevant tab.
I would like to certify a two story, 3,800 s.f. office building. When generating the Energy Star performance report one question asks to confirm that the building area is 5,000 s.f. or greater. How is this ES requirement viewed in comparison to the LEED Minimum Requirement area of 1,000 sf?
Since the building isn't eligible for an Energy Star score because of the minimum floor area criteria, the building would need to demonstrate compliance for EAp2 via the Case 2 calculator.
To comply with the requirement of this prerequisite, data verification checklist and SEP should be submitted. The last part of the documents are "Signature and Stamp of Verifying Licensed Professional", but it seems the "Licensed Professional"can only be found in USA. Our project is in China and does not apply a Energy Star (just get the rating number in portfolio manager).
Is it a must to have the "Licensed Professional" signed on the "data verification checklist" and "SEP"?
No, this is not necessary for LEED Certification.
I am concerning about EA pr-2 & cr-1 as our project building is not eligible for any energy score ,
request you please suggest any alternate method / path to comply with EA pr-2 as our building is having mixed uses like office cum Laboratories (testings). started operation in 2012 only.
we did some implementatios to reduce our energy consumption in 2012 and 2013 beginning only.
Please suggest how we can go ahead to comply with pre-requisite-2 and earn points in cr-1.
Thanks in advance for your support,
How should a Data Center building facility be included in the Portfolio Manager? The building hosts the data center and the supporting offices. In particular, 60% of its GFA is allocated to pure DC mechanical equipment whereas the rest 30% is for supporting offices and 10% for circulation. Should the office use be included independently or should it be disregarded and the data center GFA should be entered as “Data Center use” in its entirety?
We have a client that has approached us about the possibility of certifying a golf course clubhouse via LEED EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems.. I was wondering if anyone else has had past experiences with this and can recommend a route to take for achieving this prerequisite and the points attached to EAc1. It appears that creating an ENERGY STAR portfolio manager account and using the case 2 calculator would work best. However, I am uncertain what to classify the space type as in Portfolio Manager. I am thinking maybe "Entertainment/Public Assembly" seems appropriate. Any advice is appreciated, thanks!
Yes, your guess about the proper space type seems reasonable. However, one thing you could do to be sure is submit a customer service request to EPA with your question. If EPA gives you an answer in writing, the LEED reviewers should accept that without further comment, so then you (and your client) won't have to wonder.
Hi, I am involved in EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. case located in Korea.
I have a couple of Qustions based on the case.
We needs to meet the requirements of LEED O&M Certification EA Pre-requisite Case2 option1. Thus we are using EnergyStar Portfolio Manager to prove that our project has achieved 19% energy consumption reduction compared to the data from Portfolio Manager national average EUI consumption data report. In order to use correct data for certification, which of the Site EUI or Source EUI should be used?
The Portfolio Manager addresses only the consumption reduction of Source EUI in % but not the Site EUI % (though we can calculate % of the Site EUI reduction by ourselves while the actual amount of Site EUI is written at the report).
Secondly, we have downloaded Case2 Calculator v1.2 from this USGBC link “http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-ebom-v2009-eap2-eac1case2-calculator-v12”. And would like to know if the Excel template is compulsory to be filled and submitted as a part of LEED Certification proof data.
Please let me know if I have an inappropriate approach for my proof data of LEED Certification.
Thank you very much in advance
p.s I appologize for such long question :/
You need to use source EUI for EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems., and yes, you must include the completed LEED calculator as part of your application.
I do have a industrial plant trying to certify under LEED EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems.. As you may know it is not possible to generate an energystar score for this type of building, so i'm supposed to use the offline calculator (Case 2) to prove compliance. However, there is no baseline Adjusted Avarage Source EUI for industrial plants in the calculator. How should i proceed?
You are correct - the calculator includes no baseline for Case 2, Option 1. You'll need to proceed using Case 2, Option 2, choosing either Option 2a, 2b, or 2c depending on how much effort your project team wishes to invest in the process and how many EAc1 points you want.
Does LEED require the costs of the energy to be entered
Would be the cost of electricity consumption or the value of green power purchased? Being the first case, you can inform, but it is not an obligation.
We are working on a multi tenant enclosed mall with aproximmatly 120.000, to be certified LEED 2009 EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems.. In Portfolio Manager, "enclosed mall" is not eligible to receive EnergyStar score. According to the requirements of EAP2, not eligible buildings should consider CASE 2. Reading the reference guide it seems that for CASE 2, I can choose without any restriction one of the three options (2a,2b and 2c) in order to cumply with this pre requisite (Project Outside US). Is this correct?
Thank you in advance!
Yes, if you're using Case 2, Option 2, you can use Option 2a, 2b, or 2c at your discretion. But keep in mind that in general, you can also use Case 2, Option 1. I cannot recall if it offers you "mall" as a space type, but if if does, you can use Option 1.
Does anybody know whether chilled water and AHU1.Air-handling units (AHUs) are mechanical indirect heating, ventilating, or air-conditioning systems in which the air is treated or handled by equipment located outside the rooms served, usually at a central location, and conveyed to and from the rooms by a fan and a system of distributing ducts. (NEEB, 1997 edition)
2.A type of heating and/or cooling distribution equipment that channels warm or cool air to different parts of a building. This process of channeling the conditioned air often involves drawing air over heating or cooling coils and forcing it from a central location through ducts or air-handling units. Air-handling units are hidden in the walls or ceilings, where they use steam or hot water to heat, or chilled water to cool the air inside the ductwork.'s must be operating to use portfolio manager. We have a client that just does not turn on corridor 100% OA units for his building. As a result, a second chiller is literally never utilized. Cooling towers are always operating at half their capacity. The building scored a 98 on portfolio manager. Fantastic score but it seems kind of unethical to not inform USGBC that some equipment is perfectly functional but just turned off.
Turning things off is one (very good) way to increase your PM score. There's nothing unethical about not running the equipment from the energy use perspective.
Good question, but why would the corridor units be 100% OSA? Also, what are the CO2Carbon dioxide levels and occupied space temperatures like? I don't think it is ethical to allow your air quality and space temperature control to deteriorate in the name of saving energy.
Good point Peter - I actually thought of that. If IEQp1 is met then is it unethical to provide less than the maximum possible? The trade off between energy and occupant health and comfort is a difficult area...
Whether they should operate is one question, whether you need to tell GBCI they are not operating is another (although they should be able to see that in the BOP.)
What is the building function? There is natural ventilation?
Hi, we are trying to certify a core and shell office building which has an electrical meter for the common areas and independent meters for the tenants, but we don't have access to the electricity consumption records of the tenants. The question is, how should we benchmark the building energy consumption, can it be performed just for the common areas or must it be done for the whole building including the tenants?
Gustav, I'm not sure I understand your question, could you clarify which of these you mean:
1) you are now pursuing Core & Shell, or
2) the building is already Core & Shell certified, and you're now pursuing EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems.
One you answer I'll respond further.
Case 2 Option 2 -We are doing a LEED feasibility study for an existing 40+ year old automotive engine Plant that is being refurbished and upgraded with new process equipment. The LEED accreditation is to be for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. The Owner also has a relatively new plant that produces the same product and has achieved LEED New Building Accreditation. The refurbished building will be installing a new lighting system and upgraded energy monitoring systems. It will also be producing the same product as the new plant at approximately the same volume. The refurbished plant is currently producing product at half the expected volume.
We have annual production volumes (number of units built) and yearly utility billings from past years for both plants. The volumes differ year to year.
Can we use the “average energy usage per unit” to normalize these plants for comparisons between legacy energy usage, baseline energy usage and our projected energy usage and production volumes to meet this prerequisite?
Mary, your approach is right on target: LEED wants energy use of this type of building to be normalized for production volume. You might also consider normalizing for floor area and/or number of workers if they differ much for the two buildings.
You're in an area with few LEED rules, so I suggest you have 3-5 years of past energy use history for both facilities available. You'll want to show that the refurbished existing building has improved its performance substantially, and if you can also show that its energy performance is close to that of the newer building then your chances of getting LEED approval will be even better.
I'd suggest submitting your approach to GBCI as a project CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide so you can get guidance early in your process.
If our LEED project building is a laboratory space are we required to use Labs21 as our benchmark? I know it's probably the preferred method, but is it possible to use other alternative methods? We would prefer to use Case 2 Option 2b because our lab has made great strides in energy use reductions in the last several years after implementing many efficiency measures, so comparing our current EUI to our historical EUIs is favorable for our situation. If not... then a follow-up question: the Labs21 benchmarking tool seems to have a very narrow peer group for our parameters and it does not seem fair to compare our lab to such a small group of peers and conclude that we are not far enough above the average. Is it possible to broaden our parameters and include other climate zones or other variable to broaden our peer group so that the average seems more like an average? Any other tips for Labs21 are appreciated. The tool is so cumbersome (every time we click back to the input values it's all blank and we have to start from scratch... very frustrating piece of software!). Thank you for your advice!!
I'll give you two responses here, and you should pick the one that's most appropriate for your situation.
First, as far as I know, you are NOT required to use Labs21 to benchmark your project. Originally, (back in 2010), the reason LEED added Labs21 was to offer a simple method of showing LEED compliance for labs. In other words, if a project team had no desire or ability to use one of the other compliance options, Labs21 was available. It was not originally intended as a "straight jacket" that would force any project to use a certain compliance method.
Second, with all that said, I have not done a rigorous search of CIRs and Interpretations to see if LEED has issued a formal ruling on this question. So, if you need that level of certainty, you should perform such a search yourself or submit your own CIR.
My suggestion is that you go with your preference: Case 2, Option 2b. You have a strong case, and all else equal, LEED prefers to give you flexibility and to reward recent performance improvements. You should be fine.
Some follow-up on my lab project: I submitted both options for EAp2 (Labs21 as well as historical comparison in Option 2B). The LEED Reviewer denied Option 2B and says, "The project team inquired about using Case 2, Option 2B as a compliance path. Because the building qualifies for the Labs 21 compliance path, which falls under Option 1 in the calculator, thus the Option 1 compliance path must be used. The project cannot use
Option 2." So unfortunately, Mike's instinct that 2B would be accepted was wrong. If you are a lab you are REQUIRED to use Labs21.
Second, regarding the small peer group on our Labs21 tool... the LEED reviewer cited a specific PDF guidance document in my review with step-by-step instructions on how to filter the peer group. I would have LOVED to have access to this document before we started because in our case it's going to adversely affect our EAc1 points so I thought I would share my review with all you lab projects out there. Use this file for Labs21 peer group: http://labs21benchmarking.lbl.gov/docs/Applying+Labs21+Benchmarking+for+...
I have no idea where this file actually lives on the internet; when we started this project I searched high and low for guidance docs on the Labs21 site and could not find anything like this (the site, as aforementioned is very cumbersome and in desperate need of an update). I am unable to find the live link for this guidance doc online so this post may be time sensitive (should the document ever get updated, etc). But this is the link that the LEED reviewer gave me to use and, as a lab, we are apparently bound to these guidelines.
If the building was awarded an Energy Star label in April 2013 with 80 points and now we are submitting for certification in January 2014 (less than a year from being awarded the label).
If we found out that at the end of the PP the current score has been improved and it is now 82 points Can we select the "No Recent Label" and use the new figure and gain the 2 extra points OR it will be flagged as "You DO have a recent Label within the last 12 month from the submittal date and the project should seek the Streamlined Path?
It's your choice. In LEED Online, the streamlined paths are always optional, never required. The intent is to give you flexibility in how you document EAp2, not to force you down a certain path. So, if you prefer to use the standard documentation path in LEED Online to take full advantage of your improved score of 82, that's perfectly fine. No one at GBCI will object; in fact, they will celebrate that you have improved your building!
I have a slight question regarding the start date for tracking the EA performance period.
The project that my team is working on is aiming to apply for the LEED 2009 EB: O&M certification. It is a 275,000 sq.m. retail mall that is currently in operation. Slight renovations have been planned for the current M&E systems, and there will be a newly constructed extension to the building which is approximately 19% of the building’s existing square footage. And the existing building has been operated, and has energy records for over 10 years.
My question is about the start date for tracking performance period of the 12 months for the EA credits. Is it required that we have to wait until the new extension has been fully constructed to begin tracking the energy performance period, or we can start once renovations of the existing building (which is the main building) have been completed?
Provided we have performance tracking has to be done after construction of the new extension is completed, in any case can we start tracking the performance period prior to construction completion? For example, can we make use of the energy records of the existing building (the main building) as a reference?
Thank you. Any comments or suggestions will be very much appreciated.
If you're going to include the addition in the certification application, you would have to wait until that addition was completed and operating like normal prior to beginning the 12 month performance period for EAp2. Otherwise, your energy use would be artificially low if accounting for the addition floor area but not its energy usage.
You might take a look at the Minimum Program Requirement guidance to see if there is a possibility to exclude the addition from the application. In that case you might be able to start the performance period earlier.
Hi, I am working on a multi-tenant office building. One tenant with over 70% of the rented area doesn't want to give their concsumption data. Would this mean that the building can not achieve the prerequisite and can not be certified?
Without their utility information you will not be able to get certification, unfortunately. LEED-EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. requires that at least 90% of areas are included in the submittal for multi-tenant building.
Greetings, I am trying to benchmark a medical devices manufacturing facility using Portfolio Manager and LEED EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. Option 2B since this facility is not eligible for and Energy Star score. If I'm using 2013 as my performance period I would need to normalize 2010 through 2012 to make my comparison?
Yes, that's right. For Option 2B, you need to compare the performance period year against 3 consecutive years within the past 6 years. You'll also need to normalize the energy use for those historic years. Often, the normalization is done using the production of the facility over the historic and performance period years.
I'm using the DOE EnPI to normalize for production. It gives me the EUI in terms of MMBtu/unit. How do I use that info on the EAc2 Calculator which requires kBtu/sf?
Hi, we are starting a new EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. Project and started to look at Portfolio Manager tool.
When entering the values in the Portfolio Manager tool, do you know if you have to enter values for all of the property's use details or you can use default values?
Hi. You may find reading this guide helpful for using Portfolio Manager. http://icma.org/en/icma/knowledge_network/documents/kn/Document/304708/S...
Thank you Eric, it is a very useful guide.
We are working on a multi tenant project and during our performance period the owner lost a large tenant. The tenant loss is not large enough to put the project in jeopardy of qualifying for EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. certification, but large enough that the FTEs entered into EStar PM should be altered to obtain the true FTE energy use. Should we average the FTEs over the two years of data that we have in EStar? We have asked EStar this question, it took a very long time to get an answer and the answer did not help. Thank you!!
Depending on the type of project you might find your answer here - http://portfoliomanager.supportportal.com/link/portal/23002/23010/Articl...
here - http://www.energystar.gov/buildings/sites/default/uploads/tools/pm_lp_gu...
or here - http://icma.org/en/icma/knowledge_network/documents/kn/Document/304708/S...
Another EStar PM question...We have a data room in our building. Our plan is to carve out the data room from our LEED certification because it is less than 10% of the GSF of the building, has its own HVAC unit, is managed and paid for by the data room tenant and the tenant is not cooperative in the LEED process. Is it possible to carve this out of EStar PM also and then explain in a narrative to LEED the GSF <10% discrepancy or do we need to use Case 2 of EAp2/EAc1? It is my understanding that EStar will no longer allow data room exceptions. Thanks for any assistance!
I don't think you can just ignore the area.
Try looking here - http://portfoliomanager.supportportal.com/link/portal/23002/23010/Articl...
I have the same question that Kelly.
I understand that when you want to perform an Energy Star score for a building, you can't remove data center consumption.
But LEED EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. also enables to remove 10% of the building total area for LEED certification (providing that this 10% are submetered and managed by a third party).
According to my understanding, for LEED, you have to perform an Energy Star score not to the entire building but only for the 90% if you decide to exclude a 10% area. So I dont understand why it would be impossible to exclude the data rooms?
I'm wainting for answers of USGBC but if you can give me information, it would be very helpful!
Both LEED and ENERGY STAR have a rule in which 10% of the building may be excluded from either the LEED requirements or from the building profile in Portfolio Manager in certain situations. However, this rule is not applied the same way in LEED and in Portfolio Manager. The primary difference is that in order for the space to be excluded from Portfolio Manager, it must be a space type that cannot receive an ENERGY STAR score.
Per LEED requirements, the space that is excluded from EAp2 is not required to be a space type that cannot receive an ENERGY STAR score.
For example, for a building that is entirely office that has a data center space that is under separate management, that represents less than 10% of the gross square footageSum of the floor areas of the spaces within the building including basements, mezzanine and intermediate-floored tiers, and penthouses with headroom height of 7.5 ft or greater. It is measured from the exterior faces of exterior walls or from the centerline of walls separating buildings, but excluding covered walkways, open roofed-over areas, porches and similar spaces, pipe trenches, exterior terraces or steps, chimneys, roof overhangs, and similar features., that is separately metered, and in which the tenant is unwilling to share energy usage data, the project team may exclude the data center space from the building profile in Portfolio Manager (along with the energy usage associated with that space), even though that space is a ratable space type.
Please note that if the data center is a part of or supports a larger space in the building under the same tenancy, unless both the data center and supported space are able to meet the exemption criteria they cannot be excluded.
In this situation, the building would not be eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR but would be complying with LEED requirements for EAp2. While this exception is allowed, it is preferred that the entire building be included in Portfolio Manager.
We are working on a medical center in Mexico to be certified LEED EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. and it is currently under construction. We would like to advice the contractor on which systems need to be installed before completion so when the building is under performance period no major renovations are required.
Can anyone confirm the level of submeteringSubmetering is used to determine the proportion of energy use within a building attributable to specific end uses or subsystems (e.g., the heating subsystem of an HVAC system). required for all energy uses? The current scheme that is being built has BMS for HVAC and all electrical systems, plus the utility meters for all electricity and gas consumption. Can anyone confirm if to comply with EAp2 and EAc1 if further submetering is required, for example lighting, equipment, pumps, hot water , etc will need to be separetaly submetered to comply with the criteria?
"System-level metering is in place for at least 40% of the total expected annual energy consumption of the building, and that at least one of the two largest energy-use categories or building systems are metered to an extent representing at least 80% of total annual energy consumption for that category or system. metering and recording systems must be permanent and operate continuously. In order to qualify as continuous, meter readings must be taken automatically at least every 15 minutes."
Eric thank you very much for your answer, it looks like sub-meters would need to be in place to monitor 80% of total annual energy consumption in addition to the HVAC one, therefore if you agree we would recommend submeteringSubmetering is used to determine the proportion of energy use within a building attributable to specific end uses or subsystems (e.g., the heating subsystem of an HVAC system). for lighting, fans, pumps and domestic hot water, it is interesting that in the Energy Portafolio Manager only monthly total energy consumption seemed to be required.
Utility meters would only provide readings every time they are recorded, not automatically, could you please also confirm the source of your information?
Hi, I can't recommend any path to go forward without reviewing the project in more detail, but it sounds like you're on the right path. The information I posted is from the EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. reference guide and a successful EBOM project review.
The strict answer to your question is that measurement of the electricity, gas and other primary energy utilities to the site (district heating, generator fuel, etc.) is sufficient for EAp2 and EAc1. Eric is giving great advice that will result in a better building that is easier to certify and now is certainly the best time to add additional submeters. His language is from EAc3.2. Following his advice will also make it much easier to create the energy use breakdown required for EAp1.
Everyone should have to do a little of their own work to get to the answer. I assumed the important part of the question was about extra cost for EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. points later.
I am working on a LEED-EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. project that does not qualify for a Portfolio Manager rating due to the fact that lab space makes up more than 10% of the building area. The alternative path for this building involves using the Labs21 energy benchmarking tool located on the I2SL website. However, every time I attempt to access the Labs21 tool at http://labs21benchmarking.lbl.gov/ the page never opens. Has anyone else been having this issue?
Eddie, perhaps the URL has changed? It seems to be at http://www.labs21century.gov/
IF our project was awarded an E* label on April, 2013 we then have till April, 2014 to submit and still use it. However, what should our PP for EAp2 and EAc 6 be?
When you qualify for the streamlined path, the designation of the performance period isn't really important for EAp2. Like you described, the timeline shifts to having the label awarded within 12 months of the application submittal date. Given that, I would just assign the performance period end date on the prerequisite form to match the rest of the credits. For EAc6, the performance period end date should fall within 30 days of all the other credits and the credit documented accordingly.
Thanks so much for the info. Should the earliest PP start date listed on the Pl form align with the earliest month of utility data entered in Energy star? Or should does it not need to? Our Energy * label was award in April, 2013 but the months of data used for that label where July, 2011 - July, 2012. So does my earliest PP start date on Pl from need to be July, 2011 or should it align with the other credits? The other prerequisites/credits go from Dec, 2012 - August, 2013 (but that is not a full year and Pl form requires a full year for the PP).
I would just align it with the other credits for the 12 months preceding.
I do have a follow up question:
If we were awarded an Energy Star label in April 2013 with 80 points and now we are submitting for certification in January 2014 (less than a year from being awarded the label).
If we found out that the current score has been improved and it is now 82 points Can we select the "No Recent Label" and use the new figure and gain the 2 extra points OR it will be flagged as "You do have a recent Label within the last 12 month from the submittal date.
Any thoughts on whether WE HAVE TO use the streamlined approach?
I work on a tenant building -- each unit has it's own electrical and water meters - no other utilities are used. We plan to install a building level metering to record the overall energy usage of each apartment and the building overall. Sub-metering not possible. Are we still ok with the requirements for EA P2. Thanks
You will need a whole-building meter to meet the requirements of this prerequisite. So once you install this meter and gather 12 months of whole-building energy use, you then will be available to receive LEED-EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. and this prerequisite.
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Commissioning or auditing can improve identify a range of energy-saving measures.
Implementing energy-saving measures a directly helps achieve the desired Energy Star rating.
Ongoing commissioning can lead to added energy savings over the long term, improving the Energy Star rating further.
Use of a BAS can inform operational changes contributing to energy goals.
Accurate energy-use data supports assessment and implementation of energy-efficiency measures.
If increasing ventilation levels, consider the likely increased energy consumption.
Efforts to improve energy efficiency can affect occupant comfort, in good and bad ways. Monitor comfort along with any energy efficiency measures.
Use the Energy Star Portfolio Manager statement of energy performance to help achieve EAc6.
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