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Green Building Rating System

Green Building Rating System

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Green Building Rating System
 
For Existing BuildingsUpgrades, Operations and MaintenanceVersion 2Updated July 2005* October 2004
*Revised EA section for projects registered after June 26, 2007.
 
 
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Disclaimer and Notices
The U.S. Green Building Council authorizes you to view the LEED for Existing Buildings Green BuildingRating System for your individual use and to copy as-is, or in part if you reference the original document. Nocontent may be altered. In exchange for this authorization, you agree to retain all copyright and otherproprietary notices contained in the original LEED for Existing Buildings Green Building Rating System.You also agree not to sell or modify the LEED for Existing Buildings Green Building Rating System or toreproduce, display or distribute the LEED for Existing Buildings Green Building Rating System in any wayfor any public or commercial purpose, including display on a web site or in a networked environment.Unauthorized use of the LEED for Existing Buildings Green Building Rating System violates copyright,trademark, and other laws and is prohibited. All text, graphics, layout and other elements of contentcontained in the LEED for Existing Buildings Green Building Rating System are owned by the U.S. GreenBuilding Council and are protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws.Also please note that none of the parties involved in the funding or creation of the LEED for ExistingBuildings Green Building Rating System, including the U.S. Green Building Council or its members, makeany warranty (express or implied) or assume any liability or responsibility, to you or any third parties for theaccuracy, completeness or use of, or reliance on, any information contained in the LEED for ExistingBuildings Green Building Rating System, or for any injuries, losses or damages (including, withoutlimitation, equitable relief) arising out of such use or reliance.As a condition of use, you covenant not to sue, and agree to waive and release the U.S. Green BuildingCouncil and its members from any and all claims, demands and causes of action for any injuries, losses ordamages (including, without limitation, equitable relief) that you may now or hereafter have a right to assertagainst such parties as a result of your use of, or reliance on, the LEED for Existing Buildings GreenBuilding Rating System.
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 – 2004 by the U.S. Green Building Council. All rights reserved.
Trademark
LEED
®
 
is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED for Existing BuildingsOctober 2004 -Revised EA section for projects registered after June 26, 20072
 
 
Introduction
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
 performance standards
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

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