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LEED Existing Buildings

LEED Existing Buildings

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Green Building Rating System
 
For Existing BuildingsUpgrades, Operations and MaintenanceVersion 2Updated July 2005October 2004
 
 
Disclaimer and Notices
The U.S. Green Building Council authorizes you to view the LEED-EB Green Building Rating System foryour individual use and to copy as-is, or in part if you reference the original document. No content may bealtered. In exchange for this authorization, you agree to retain all copyright and other proprietary noticescontained in the original LEED-EB Green Building Rating System. You also agree not to sell or modify theLEED-EB Green Building Rating System or to reproduce, display or distribute the LEED-EB GreenBuilding Rating System in any way for any public or commercial purpose, including display on a web site orin a networked environment. Unauthorized use of the LEED-EB Green Building Rating System violatescopyright, trademark, and other laws and is prohibited. All text, graphics, layout and other elements of content contained in the LEED-EB Green Building Rating System are owned by the U.S. Green BuildingCouncil 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-EB Green BuildingRating System, including the U.S. Green Building Council or its members, make any warranty (express orimplied) or assume any liability or responsibility, to you or any third parties for the accuracy, completenessor use of, or reliance on, any information contained in the LEED-EB Green Building Rating System, or forany injuries, losses or damages (including, without limitation, equitable relief) arising out of such use orreliance.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-EB Green Building 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.
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Introduction
LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) maximizes operational efficiency while minimizing environmentalimpacts. As a leading-edge, consensus-based system for certifying green building performance, operations,and maintenance, LEED-EB provides a road map for property managers, portfolio owners, and serviceproviders to drive down operational costs, while increasing occupant productivity in an environmentallyresponsible manner.The LEED-EB Rating System is a set of voluntary
 performance standards
for the sustainable upgrades andoperation of buildings not undergoing major renovations. It provides sustainable guidelines for buildingoperations, periodic upgrades of building systems, minor space use changes and building processes.LEED-EB addresses exterior building site maintenance programs, efficient/optimized use of water andenergy, purchasing of environmentally preferred products, waste stream management and ongoing indoorenvironmental quality (IEQ). In addition, LEED-EB provides sustainable guidelines for whole-buildingcleaning/maintenance, recycling programs and systems upgrades to improve building energy, water, IEQ andmaterials 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-EB ratings are awarded according tothe following point thresholds:
 
Certified 32–39 points
 
Silver 40–47 points
 
Gold 48–63 points
 
Platinum 64–85 pointsLEED-EB, together with other LEED products, is intended to provide the existing building stock an entrypoint into the LEED certification process, both those new to LEED certification and buildings previouslycertified under LEED-NC.
Overview of LEED for Existing Buildings
LEED-EB is a voluntary performance standard for sustainable operations and maintenance of buildings andprovides guidelines for sustainable upgrade over time.LEED-EB provides an important opportunity for building owners to lead the way in reducing theenvironmental impact of buildings.
LEED-EB Certification Options
The goal of LEED-EB is to help building owners operate their buildings in a sustainable and efficient wayover the long term. To achieve this goal, LEED-EB will provide certification and re-certification of buildingoperation to recognize building owners’ ongoing achievements. This includes both owners who havebuildings certified under LEED-NC and those using LEED for the first time. LEED-EB can be used tocertify the following types of buildings:
 
LEED-NC certified buildings seeking ongoing re-certification
 
LEED-EB certified buildings seeking ongoing re-certification
 
Non-LEED buildings seeking initial certification and ongoing re-certification
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