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.

Design Submittal

PencilDocumentation for this credit can be part of a Design Phase submittal.

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.


Sefa Sahin
May 05 2017
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Museum/Galleries Regularly Occupied Spaces

Our project building include mostly museum/galleries and lobbies. The project building is very close the sea and has amazing landscape. Because of it, the building is designed as people can see easly the landscape via vision glazing when they spend time in lobbies and lounges. We believe that they can spend more than one hour in there. Can we specify this lobbies as 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.?
Thank you

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Faun Carlson
Mar 16 2017
LEEDuser Member
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Individual user adjustments: NON-permanent interior obstruction?

We have an open office with 42” H workstations and are pursuing the v4 Quality Views credit. We have performed calculations & view sections based on the typical 42” H workstations and are showing compliance.

The team is considering “sit-stand” work surfaces and our question is whether the “sit-stand” design element is considered a non-permanent interior obstruction.

The “sit-stand” work surface would allow each individual workstation user to elevate his/her work surface to a stand position. This provides an ergonomic solution allowing individuals to easily modify their positions.

When a "sit-stand" work surface is elevated to standing position, the work surface, flat screen monitors, and privacy screen would all rise together for the individual work surface only.

Based on the v4 Reference Guide requirements:
Include in the calculations any permanent interior obstructions. Movable furniture and partitions may be excluded.

Definition per v4 Reference Guide:
Permanent interior obstruction: a structure that cannot be moved by the user without tools or assistance from special trades and facilities management.

Based on the above definition, we believe the moveable “sit-stand” (work surface, monitors, and privacy screen) do not fall under the definition of permanent interior obstructions, since they can be easily moved by the user without assistance from special trades and facilities management. Therefore, our calculations should be performed with the 42”H workstations throughout.

Can you please provide guidance that the "sit-stand" user adjustment elements are not considered permanent interior obstructions, therefore our calculations would be completed in the typical 42”H position?

Thank you!

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