LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED for Existing Buildings) maximizes operational efficiency whileminimizing environmental impacts. As a leading-edge, consensus-based system for certifying green buildingperformance, operations, and maintenance, LEED for Existing Buildings provides a road map for propertymanagers, portfolio owners, and service providers to drive down operational costs, while increasing occupantproductivity in an environmentally responsible manner.The LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System is a set of voluntary
for thesustainable upgrades and operation of buildings not undergoing major renovations. It provides sustainableguidelines for building operations, periodic upgrades of building systems, minor space use changes andbuilding processes.LEED for Existing Buildings addresses exterior building site maintenance programs, efficient/optimized useof water and energy, purchasing of environmentally preferred products, waste stream management andongoing indoor environmental quality (IEQ). In addition, LEED for Existing Buildings provides sustainableguidelines for whole-building cleaning/maintenance, recycling programs and systems upgrades to improvebuilding energy, water, IEQ and materials use.To achieve LEED certification, buildings must meet all Prerequisites in the Rating System and a minimum of 32 points. The flexibility of the Rating System allows building owners, mangers and practitioners todetermine which credits to pursue based on performance goals. LEED for Existing Buildings ratings areawarded according to the following point thresholds:
Certified 32–39 points
Silver 40–47 points
Gold 48–63 points
Platinum 64–85 pointsLEED for Existing Buildings, together with other LEED products, is intended to provide the existingbuilding stock an entry point into the LEED certification process, both those new to LEED certification andbuildings previously certified under LEED-NC.
Overview of LEED for Existing Buildings
LEED for Existing Buildings is a voluntary performance standard for sustainable operations and maintenanceof buildings and provides guidelines for sustainable upgrade over time.LEED for Existing Buildings provides an important opportunity for building owners to lead the way inreducing the environmental impact of buildings.
LEED for Existing Buildings Certification Options
The goal of LEED for Existing Buildings is to help building owners operate their buildings in a sustainableand efficient way over the long term. To achieve this goal, LEED for Existing Buildings will providecertification and re-certification of building operation to recognize building owners’ ongoing achievements.This includes both owners who have buildings certified under LEED-NC and those using LEED for the firsttime. LEED for Existing Buildings can be used to certify the following types of buildings:
LEED-NC certified buildings seeking ongoing re-certification
LEED for Existing Buildings certified buildings seeking ongoing re-certification
LEED for Existing BuildingsOctober 2004 -Revised EA section for projects registered after June 26, 20073