LEED Certification and the Point System
Now that you’ve seen some of the benefits to LEED Certification, let’s look at the actual heart of the programs and the various levels and factors that affect the ratings.
LEED 2009 For New Construction and Major Renovations
The LEED rating system was first introduced in the year 2000 and is continuing to shape the building industry. There are eight prerequisites and five points categories.
Five basic categories make up the design points system. Totaled together, these points determine your certification level. The level of certification depends upon the total number of points.
As you can see, energy and atmosphere along with indoor environmental quality factors make up half of the available basic points. Product solutions from ClimateMaster are a perfect fit for these categories and can also offer additional points for enhanced solutions.
Five categories for accumulating points
Subtotal: 100 Points
*ClimateMaster Solutions for maximizing points
Additional points are available through:
The ClimateMaster Solution
By choosing ClimateMaster Water-Source Heat Pumps, you can help satisfy more than half of the requirements for LEED Certification.
How Does ClimateMaster Help Satisfy LEED Requirements?
Optimized Energy Efficiency
ClimateMaster produces the world’s most efficient geothermal and water-source heat pumps. Since the LEED program assigns additional points based upon increased efficiency beyond ASHRAE 90.1 minimums, equipment selection can greatly affect the total number of points. For example, the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 specifies a minimum efficiency of 12 EER for water source equipment.
The Tranquility® 30 Series boasts an efficiency rating up to 30 EER when used with a ground loop. The reduced energy consumption of buildings designed around the Tranquility Series can add a significant number of points for existing construction or new construction when used in conjunction with a geothermal loop system. Therefore, ClimateMaster equipment can provide a large percentage of points depending upon equipment selection.
Building Energy Reduction Ozone Depletion
ClimateMaster’s commitment to environmentally friendly design is reflected in the development of new products with zero ozone depletion refrigerants, such as EarthPure® (HFC-410A). EarthPure is already being used in the Tranquility family of products, and will continue to be incorporated into other product lines in the future. Two LEED points are available for selecting products with EarthPure.
Optimized energy performance
up to 19
Systems without HCFCs. The Tranquility® Family of products use EarthPure® HFC-410A refrigerant
Measurement and verification
Monitoring and optimization of building energy and water consumption – DDC controls
Indoor environmental quality
Provide IAQ monitoring via CO2 sensor (CO2 sensor for each ClimateMaster Rx ERV)
Comply with ASHRAE 55 thermal comfort standards
Innovation in design
Up to five points for exceptional performance above requirements set by the LEED program (e.g. Provide training on green buildings, open to the public (must be pre-approved)
Total potential points contribution to certified jobs:
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