LEED Pilot Credit Library Presents Opportunities for Fenestration
November 17, 2009
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched a Pilot Credit
Library through which proposed Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) credits and prerequisites are pilot tested for potential
inclusion in the LEED program. This Pilot Credit Library, which
presents a number of opportunities for glass and glazing materials,
is designed to allow USGBC to test and refine prerequisites and
credits before they are introduced into the core of the rating systems.
A pilot working group established by the LEED Steering Committee
will review the evaluation forms for all participating projects.
The working group will use the information to help inform improvements
to the content of the credit or prerequisite or determine whether
the credit is suited for introduction into LEED.
Pilot credits, which present opportunities for fenestration
products, that are available for project use include:
Pilot Credit 1: Life Cycle Assessment of Building Assemblies
Available for new construction projects, this credit is intended
encourage the use of environmentally preferable building materials
and assemblies. Project teams will conduct a life-cycle assessment
of the different assembly groups within the structure and envelop,
including the windows, to determine environmental impact estimates
for the project.
Pilot Credit 2: PBT Source Reduction: Dioxins and Halogenated
This credit is available for pilot testing by new construction,
core and shell, schools and commercial interiors LEED project types.
Its intent is to reduce the release of bioaccumulative toxic chemicals
associated with the life cycle of building materials. Requirements
call for the use of materials, including doors and windows, manufactured
without added halogenated organic compounds for at least 75 percent
(by cost) of the material totals in a minimum of three of four groups
(exterior components, which includes door and window frames; interior
finishes; piping, conduit and electrical boxes; and building-installed
electrical cable and wire jacketing).
In addition, pilot credits are also available for medical and process
equipment efficiency; innovative ventilation; and preliminary integrative
project planning and design.
LEED 2009 projects participating in the piloting of a credit or
prerequisite will be awarded 1 point under Innovation and Design
Credit 1 or Innovation in Operations Credit 1 after completing the
required documentation and uploading it for online verification.
HERE to read more about the program.
HERE to register a project.
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