EBOM-v4 MPR3: Must comply with project size requirements

  • The evolution of MPRs in LEED

    Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs), which set literal and actual boundaries for how LEED certification should be applied, continue to evolve in LEED v4. Here's a short history so farFloor-area ratio is the density of nonresidential land use, exclusive of parking, measured as the total nonresidential building floor area divided by the total buildable land area available for nonresidential structures. For example, on a site with 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of buildable land area, an FAR of 1.0 would be 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of building floor area. On the same site, an FAR of 1.5 would be 15,000 square feet (1395 square meters), an FAR of 2.0 would be 20,000 square feet (1860 square meters), and an FAR of 0.5 would be 5,000 square feet (465 square meters).:

    • Pre-LEED-2009: no MPRs
    • LEED 2009 (LEED v3): MPRs introduced, with 7 in most rating systems. Supplemental guidance introduced and modified over time as MPRs proved confusing.
    • LEED v4: MPRs more integrated into rating system, reduced to 3.

    What to look for in LEED v4

    The requirements conveyed by the LEED 2009 MPRs have not changed in LEED v4.

    However, USGBC has made structural changes to the MPRs in order to maintain alignment with the overall evolution of the rating system. Some MPRs have been relocated to other documents (like a legal form) and some have been incorporated into the rating system as prerequisites. The MPRs that remain more clearly represent the foundational nature of these requirements.

    How LEED 2009 MPRs have transitioned to LEED v4.How LEED 2009 MPRs have transitioned to LEED v4.

    Supplemental guidance embedded in requirements

    If you're looking to interpret specific requirements of an MPR, look in the MPR language itself (see the credit language tab) under "Additional Guidance," where applicable, rather than in lengthy supplemental guidance documents.

    Questions? Post them in the LEEDuser forum below.


    Can a project with no full-time equivalent occupants (FTEs) be LEED certified?

    Yes. There is no minimum occupancy requirement as there was in LEED 2009. Even in LEED 2009, a project with no FTEs could be LEED certified, just without earning IEQ credits. There is no limit on earning IEQ credits in LEED v4.

    Where can I get more guidance on occupancy requirements?

    The LEED Reference Guide for LEED v4 has a section near the beginning called "Maintaining Consistency in the Application." This is worth reading for a variety of issues, and contains some guidance on consistently defining your project occupancy.

  • MPR 3: Must comply with project size requirements


    The LEED rating system is designed to evaluate buildings, spaces, or neighborhoods of a certain size. The LEED requirements do not accurately assess the performance of projects outside of these size requirements.


    All LEED projects must meet the size requirements listed below.

    LEED BD+C and EB:O&M Rating Systems

    The LEED project must include a minimum of 1,000 square feet (93 square meters) of 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.).

    LEED ID+C Rating Systems

    The LEED project must include a minimum of 250 square feet (22 square meters) of gross floor area.

    LEED Neighborhood Development Rating Systems

    The LEED project should contain at least two habitable buildings and be no larger than 1500 acres.

    LEED for Homes Rating Systems

    The LEED project must be defined as a “dwelling unit” by all applicable codes. This requirement includes, but is not limited to, the International Residential Code stipulation that a dwelling unit must include “permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation.”


LEED Pro Consultant Bioconstruccion & Energia Alternativa
Jan 14 2015
LEEDuser Member
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LEED O&M on a portion of a building

Project Location: Mexico

Would a CI project (not LEED) that complies with the MPR's but consists of only a portion of a building (5 levels) be elegible for a LEED O&M certification?

A single entity owns the building, but only occupies 5 floors (8,973m2) out of the 27 the building consists. This entity has a complete control over the operation of their space.

Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Jan 17 2017 LEEDuser Moderator

No, EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. is  a whole-building certification.

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Davide Filippi
Feb 11 2014
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Minimum Floors Requirement for EB:OM v4 Existing Building

I have a question! I'm a student here! Is there a minimum number of floors for existing building for pursuing "LEED EB:OM v4 Existing Building" certification?
Is something change from LEED EB:OM v2009? I read something like this: to certify an existing building, it must have 4 or more floors... correct?
Thank you for helping me.

Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Feb 11 2014 LEEDuser Moderator

Davide, there is no height requirement for LEED. As stated above in the MPR6 language, there is only a 1,000 square foot minimum for area.

Davide Filippi Feb 11 2014 Guest 114 Thumbs Up

Thank you Tristan. MPR6 is for LEED EB:OM v2009. It Is the same for LEED EB:OM MPR3.

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