Hospitality-NC-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.”
    • Include in the calculations any permanent interior obstructions. Movable furniture and partitions may be excluded.

      Views into interior atria may be used to meet up to 30% of the required area.

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.


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