NC-v4 INc1: Innovation

  • Three paths to five possible points

    Teams can earn up to five points under this credit. There are three standard paths to earning an IN point:

    Innovation

    Achieve significant, measurable environmental benefits using a strategy that isn’t currently addressed in the LEEDv4 BD+C rating system.

    Remember that a single sustainable technology or a program that addresses a single sustainability issue will not be accepted. The LEED Reference Guide includes examples of both suggested and ineligible innovation strategies.

    Exemplary Performance

    Exceed the performance threshold in an existing credit. Remember that Exemplary Performance (EP) is not an option for all credits. Check the LEED Reference Guide to confirm whether EP is allowed for a particular credit, and if it is, the minimum performance threshold you’ll need to meet to earn it.

    Pilot Credit

    Achieve a credit from the LEED Pilot Credit Library for LEEDv4 BD+C projects. Remember that any time you pursue a pilot credit your team must complete the “General Pilot Documentation Requirements” as well, which includes registering for the pilot credit with USGBC, participating in the LEEDuser pilot credit forum, and completing the USGBC feedback survey.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • Teams can earn up to five total innovation points, an increase from the four points available in LEED 2009.
    • Teams can earn up to two points for exemplary performance, a reduction from the three exemplary performance points allowable under LEED 2009.

    FAQs

    We achieved exemplary performance for more than two credits. Can we claim more than two points?

    While you can achieve the exemplary performance threshold for as many credits as you like, the maximum number of points you can receive for exemplary performance under this credit is two. The other points must be earned with either innovation strategies or pilot credits.

    One of the credits we used for exemplary performance didn’t actually end up earning exemplary performance. Can we replace it with a different credit that did?

    Yes, you can replace that credit with another one that did earn exemplary performance.

    We didn’t claim one of our credits as an exemplary performance point under INc1 during the design review, but now we’d like to because it earned exemplary performance per the review comments. Is it possible to claim it now?

    Yes, you can still get credit for meeting the exemplary performance threshold after the design review is complete. As long as you haven’t maxed out your two exemplary performance points under this credit, you can still claim the EP point after the design review. 

  • IN Credit 1: Innovation

    Intent

    To encourage projects to achieve exceptional or innovative performance.

    Requirements

    Project teams can use any combination of innovation, pilot, and 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. strategies.

    Option 1. innovation (1 point)

    Achieve significant, measurable environmental performance using a strategy not addressed in the LEED green building rating system.

    Identify the following:

    • the intent of the proposed innovation credit;
    • proposed requirements for compliance;
    • proposed submittals to demonstrate compliance; and
    • the design approach or strategies used to meet the requirements.

    AND/OR

    Option 2. pilot (1 point)

    Achieve one pilot credit from USGBC’s LEED Pilot Credit Library

    AND/OR

    Option 3. additional strategies
    • Innovation (1-3 points)

      Defined in Option 1 above.

    • Pilot (1-3 points)

      Meet the requirements of Option 2.

    • Exemplary performance (1–2 points)

      Achieve exemplary performance in an existing LEED v4 prerequisite or credit that allows exemplary performance, as specified in the LEED Reference Guide, v4 edition. An exemplary performance point is typically earned for achieving double the credit requirements or the next incremental percentage threshold.

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Sriranjani Ramachandran
Apr 18 2017
LEEDuser Member

Dynamic Glazing for IDC ?

Project Location: United States

Can anyone claim points under the Innovation in Design Credit-Path 1 for using dynamic Glazing in the project?

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Ydo Schuuring Specialist Building Physics,Acoustics and Sustainability DGMR Consultancy
Feb 28 2017
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Pilot credit: No Cooling Tower [ v4 - bc+d)

Project Location: Netherlands

Hello,

For a project no coolingtowers are used. There for we have the possibility to achieve the Pilot credit No Cooling Tower. The following requirements are given:
Projects may earn full credit (2 points) if all conditions are met:
- the baseline system designated for the building using ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Appendix G Table G3.1.1 includes a cooling tower (systems 7 & 8)
- the project design case does not include a cooling tower
- the design case mechanical system does not use the latent heat of the evaporative cooling of water.
- the project does not receive any cooling from a District cooling system
All other system types are ineligible for credit.

For this project an ATES system is used. I'm wondering if the third creditrequirement: " the project does not receive any cooling from a District cooling system" is applicable, hence the use of an ATES system.
Is this pilot credit achievable with the use of an ATES system?

kind regards,
Ydo

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Helene Lefkowitz Projects Manager Institute for the Built Environment
Dec 21 2016
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SSpc41 Walkable Project Site

Project Location: United States

Our project team pursued this pilot credit and found it to be very achievable for projects in urban settings. There was some credit language that was confusing at first glance but was easy to work through. Adding notations to plans to ensure the project met the credit requirements was about the extent of extra steps needed in fulfilling this credit. We would recommend that project teams that are working on projects located in urban settings look into this pilot credit to see if their project meets the credit requirements.

Thanks!

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Helene Lefkowitz Projects Manager Institute for the Built Environment
Dec 21 2016
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EAcp66 Community Contaminant Prevention- Airborne Releases

Project Location: United States

Our project team found the Community Contaminant Prevention- Airborne Releases to be a great pilot credit to continue working toward a more pure indoor air quality. We recommend this pilot credit for other projects that do not have combustion equipment.

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Miriam Ramírez Baumgarten ARCH. LEED AP BD+C, ID+C Revitaliza Consultores
Oct 24 2016
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Social equity within the community

Project Location: Colombia

Hi,

Our project is pursuing the Pilot credit "Social equity within the community" with Option 1: Complete The SEED Evaluator Parts 1 and 2. Must the project be submitted in SEED for credit compliance? A payment of 100 dollars is required for submission.

Thanks!

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Paula Rantanen Consultant Ramboll Finland Oy
Apr 01 2016
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Alternative Compliance Path Pilot Credit

What is the difference between Alternative Compliance Path Pilot Credit (such as No Cooling Towers) and Pilot Credit? Would the ACP Pilot credit be accounted as Cooling Tower Water Use credit, and I would still have possibility to gain 4 other pilot credits as Innovation credits, or would ACP Pilot credit be accounted as innovation credits?

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Batya Metalitz Technical Director, LEED, USGBC Apr 01 2016 LEEDuser Expert 3933 Thumbs Up

Hi Paula

A Pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) is a pilot that can be used in place of one of the existing LEED credits. For example, the No Cooling Tower Pilot ACP can be used in place of the LEED v4 Cooling Tower Water Use credit. The number of points available is specified in each Pilot ACP, but typically you can earn some or all of the points available in the corresponding credit by substituting the Pilot ACP and meeting the requirements. Pilot ACPs are usually testing credits that achieve a similar intent to an existing credit, but through a new strategy.

Standard Pilot Credits, on the other hand, are each worth 1 point, and that point is earned within the innovation category. These are typically ideas and strategies that are entirely new to LEED.

Hope that helps.

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Kelsey Jensen
Nov 10 2015
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O+M Starter Kit - Systems O+M Plan

Our firm is currently working with NC v3 LEED 2009 and we have never attempted the Systems O+M Plan before. Is there a more in depth template I am missing or is the starter kit the only resource? The requirements are listed and I feel this should be more of a sit down with the facility manager to gain the true information. How have others dealt with setting up this plan?
Thank you.

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Christopher Davis Program Manager, Global Energy & Sustainability, CBRE Nov 16 2015 Guest 243 Thumbs Up

Because these credits are taken directly from LEED v4 O+M, the reference guide for this rating system would be another great resource. Much of the information for the Systems O+M Plan can likely come from working with the design engineer and the facility manager (or someone else who will be responsible for operating the completed building) to confirm that the Owner's Project RequirementsA written document that details the ideas, concepts, and criteria determined by the owner to be important to the success of the project. are being met. Documenting sequences of operation, the building operating planA general documentation summarizing the intended operation of each base building system described in the systems narrative; the building operating plan may also be known as "Owner's Operating Requirements" or similar. The operating plan includes the time-of-day schedules for each system for each of the eight day types (Monday to Sunday plus holidays), the mode of operation for each system when it is running (occupied vs. unoccupied; day vs. night, etc.), and the desired indoor conditions or setpoints for each schedule or mode. The operating plan accounts for any differences in needs or desired conditions for different portions of the project building, as well as any seasonal variations in operations patterns. The plan accounts for all the monitored space conditions used to control the base systems, i.e., air temperature, relative humidity, occupancy, light level, CO2 levels, room pressurization, duct static pressure, etc., and preventive maintenance will help ensure that the building is operated consistently as it was intended.

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Charalampos Giannikopoulos Senior Sustainability Consultant DCarbon
Nov 19 2014
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Pilot Credit 88: LEED O+M Starter Kit

Project Location: Greece

In LEED v4 NC, the pilot credit “IPpc88 - LEED O+M Starter Kit” is available to implement for up to 4 points. The pilot credit refers to 4 different aspects of LEED O+M version; (i) site management policy, (ii) systems O&M plan, (iii) purchasing, waste and renovation policies and (iv) green cleaningGreen cleaning is the use of cleaning products and practices that have lower environmental impacts and more positive indoor air quality impacts than conventional products and practices. policy and IPMIntegrated pest management (IPM) is the coordinated use of knowledge about pests, the environment, and pest prevention and control methods to minimize pest infestation and damage by the most economical means while minimizing hazards to people, property, and the environment. plan. Does this mean that if implementing only three out of the four policies the project would be eligible for 3 points?

http://www.usgbc.org/node/4790126?return=/credits/data-centers---new-con...

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Christopher Davis Program Manager, Global Energy & Sustainability, CBRE Nov 19 2014 Guest 243 Thumbs Up

Yes, that's correct. The Systems O&M Plan requirements are already included in NC v4 EA Prerequisite Fundamental CommissioningThe process of verifying and documenting that a building and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the owner's project requirements. and Verification, so your project wouldn't be eligible for that part of the O+M Starter Kit.

If you attempt the other three, you could enter those as one, two or three IN credits, depending on whether you've already filled up the other IN credits with other strategies.

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Charalampos Giannikopoulos Senior Sustainability Consultant, DCarbon Nov 19 2014 LEEDuser Member 1861 Thumbs Up

Thank you for the information Christopher!

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Meredith Elbaum The Elbaum Group
Oct 07 2014
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Credits from other Rating Systems

In V3, USGBC had a list of credits from other rating systems that could be innovation credits. For instance EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. Green CleaningGreen cleaning is the use of cleaning products and practices that have lower environmental impacts and more positive indoor air quality impacts than conventional products and practices.. Does a list exist for V4. The Innovation credit library on the USGBC website only has one item for V4 BD+C:NC. Can you still use credits from other rating systems for Innovation?

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Nate Tsang Graduate Energy Engineer, Arup Jul 09 2015 Guest 79 Thumbs Up

Was wondering the exact same thing. I am targeting the EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. Green CleaningGreen cleaning is the use of cleaning products and practices that have lower environmental impacts and more positive indoor air quality impacts than conventional products and practices.; Green pest management and also the Ergonomic Strategy for a v4 Innovation credit. Does anyone know the answer to Meredith?

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deborah lucking associate fentress architects
May 12 2014
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Is Education still acceptable?

Does anyone have any insight on whether Education is still an acceptable way for a project to achieve an Innovation credit point under LEEDv4?

Thanks!

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. May 12 2014 LEEDuser Moderator

Yes, the v4 reference guide explicitly mentions education, in similar terms to what the 2009 reference guide says.

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Lorne Mlotek BASc., LEED AP BD+C, O+M, LeadingGREEN Training and Consulting Inc, Viridis EC LLC Jun 09 2014 Guest 1605 Thumbs Up

In the final paragraph, "Achieve 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. in an existing LEED 2012 prerequisite or credit that allows exemplary performance, as specified in the LEED Reference Guide, 2012 edition. An exemplary performance point is typically earned for achieving double the credit requirements or the next incremental percentage threshold."

Are we now to refer to LEED V4 ref guide, not 2012?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Jun 09 2014 LEEDuser Moderator

Yes, v4. That's a typo that's being fixed. 

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Lorne Mlotek BASc., LEED AP BD+C, O+M, LeadingGREEN Training and Consulting Inc, Viridis EC LLC Jun 10 2014 Guest 1605 Thumbs Up

Right on! Thanks.

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Charalampos Giannikopoulos Senior Sustainability Consultant, DCarbon Nov 19 2014 LEEDuser Member 1861 Thumbs Up

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