What are "Complex Credits" in LEED?

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What are "complex credits" in LEED?

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LEED refers to credits or prerequisites that have a heavy focus on energy efficiency/energy use evaluation & HVAC to be “complex credits”.

Complex credits require additional time for GBCI to review, and thus have a higher appeal review fee than other credits. USGBC refers to the following as "Complex Credits" in LEED v4:

BD+C (all projects except Homes and Midrise)

  • EA Prerequisite Fundamental commissioning
  • EA Prerequisite Minimum energy performance
  • EA Credit Optimize energy performance
  • EQ Prerequisite Minimum indoor air quality performance

ID+C (all projects)

  • EA Prerequisite Fundamental commissioning
  • EA Prerequisite Minimum energy performance
  • EA Credit Optimize energy performance
  • EQ Prerequisite Minimum indoor air quality performance

O+M (all projects)

  • EA Prerequisite Energy efficiency best management practices
  • EA Prerequisite Minimum energy performance
  • EA Credit Optimize energy performance
  • EA Credit Existing building commissioning – analysis
  • EA Credit Existing building commissioning – implementation
  • EA Credit Ongoing commissioning
  • EQ Prerequisite Minimum indoor air quality performance

For the full list of complex credits from each version of LEED visit USGBC.org.

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