Buildings often use more than double the amount of energy and water that is predicted by statistical models. This discrepancy does not typically result from modeling software, but from a single variable that is difficult to quantify: occupant behavior. The way occupants live and work in their buildings is critical to the overall performance of a building and is something that is often overlooked.
This credit seeks to answer to following question: how can we enable occupants to exhibit energy efficient behavior in existing building spaces in order to improve overall building performance? By rewarding the implementation of innovative, occupant engagement mechanisms that systematically empower occupants to become aware of and responsible for their own energy consumption, this credit will communicate the necessity of creating a culture of sustainability and resource conservation among building occupants in order to improve the overall performance of the building.
For a commercial building, regular building occupants are defined as workers who either have a permanent office or workstation or typically spend a minimum of 10 hours per week in the project building. Broadening the scope of the occupant engagement program to include visitors, transient occupants, and/or maintenance personnel, including janitorial staff, is often recommended, but not required for this credit.
The occupant engagement program may be combined with another type of engagement program that aims to provide building occupants with the knowledge to manage their environmental impact at home or in their communities, but this type of program alone does not satisfy the credit requirements. Additionally, water consumption and/or waste reduction initiatives may be incorporated into the program, but do not satisfy the credit requirements unless they are combined with an energy consumption component.
If available, submit any metrics and/or quantitative data used to measure the success of the occupant engagement program (e.g., energy consumption data, records of complaint/report logs, event participation records, etc.)
Excerpted from LEED Pilot Credit Library
To improve the performance of the building by enabling energy efficient behavior in building occupants.
Implement one or more modes of communication to inform occupants about the actual energy consumption of the building and/or their workspace. This may be done in real-time, or through regular reporting mechanisms, but must be communicated at least on a monthly basis. Occupants must be given information with a relevant comparison point; the comparison point(s) may either be comparable buildings or spaces, or historical energy consumption data for the same space (at least 1 years worth of data, or predicted usage if 1 years data is not yet available).
Implement and maintain an occupant engagement program that involves communicating with, enabling and empowering building occupants to help meet the sustainability goals for the building. The occupant engagement initiative(s) must include the following minimum requirements:
The engagement program must also address more than one building system: lighting, HVAC, plug loads. If occupants do not have direct control over lighting and/or central HVAC systems, alternative methods and strategies that support energy conservation for these systems are acceptable (e.g., window shade control and use).The engagement program must not encourage behaviors that significantly affect the productivity of occupants or their comfort, such as lighting quality and thermal comfort.
Track and document the results of the occupant engagement initiative(s) against the established performance goals and identify areas for improvement. These results must be recorded on a regular basis and summarized for the performance period.
Background for the LEED Pilot Credit Library is provided in this foundational document.
The homepage for the LEED Pilot Credit Library. The LEED Pilot Credit Library is intended to facilitate the introduction of new prerequisites and credits to LEED. This process will allow USGBC to test and refine credits through LEED 2009 project evaluations before they are sent through the balloting process for introduction into LEED.
Regarding this requirement: "Track and document the results of the occupant engagement initiative(s) against the established performance goals and identify areas for improvement." Which performance goals are being referred to, building energy goals?
Does anyone have an example of a successful occupant engagement initiative they'd care to share the details of?
What is an example of a performance goal for this type of initiative? Something like achieving 50% occupant participation?
Details on what the LEED pilot credit library is and how to use it.
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