Warehouses-NC-v4 EAp3: Building-level energy metering

  • Standard practice for most projects

    It’s standard practice for most new buildings to install whole-building energy metering, which satisfies this prerequisite. In addition, those projects simply need to commit to sharing energy use data and electrical demand data (if metered) with USGBC for five years.

    If your project design doesn’t currently include compliant energy metering, you’ll need to ensure that metering is installed that measures energy use for the LEED project building. All energy supplied by a utility company or campus central plant must be metered. Teams are not required to meter locally generated sources of energy that are dedicated to the project building, such as photovoltaic systems. However, teams may want to consider installing additional metering when doing so will support the project’s ability to meet energy performance goals during operations.

    Remember that energy meters cannot be shared with another building. There are no special requirements for the meter type except that it must be permanent. Meters must track energy use at one-month intervals, at minimum.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • This is a new prerequisite.
    • Ongoing energy tracking and reporting was previously required by Minimum Program Requirement 6 in LEED 2009.


    Is there an example commitment letter that I can use?

    USGBC has not provided a commitment letter template. However, Minimum Program Requirement 6 from the LEED 2009 rating system included a requirement for sharing water use data, which is outlined on Project Information Form 1. The language on the PIf1 form can provide teams with a good starting point for developing their own commitment letter. 

  • EA Prerequisite 3: Building-level energy metering


    To support energy management and identify opportunities for additional energy savings by tracking building-level energy use.


    Install new or use existing building-level energy meters, or submeters that can be aggregated to provide building-level data representing total building energy consumption (electricity, natural gas, chilled water, steam, fuel oil, propane, biomass, etc). Utility-owned meters capable of aggregating building-level resource use are acceptable.

    Commit to sharing with USGBC the resulting energy consumption data and electrical demand data (if metered) for a five-year period beginning on the date the project accepts LEED certification or typical occupancy , whichever comes first. At a minimum, energy consumption must be tracked at one-month intervals.

    This commitment must carry forward for five years or until the building changes ownership or lessee.

Letter of Commitment Template

 Use this template to develop a letter from the project owner committing to share whole-building water and energy usage data.


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Aug 22 2017
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