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.
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.
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:
Views into interior atria may be used to meet up to 30% of the required area.
Include any permanent interior obstructions and moveable furniture and partitions.
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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