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
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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