Learn How to Earn the New LEED Pilot Credit

by | Sep 30, 2016 | News, Sustainability


As we mentioned in our last post, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has approved a new Pilot Credit – Informing Design Using Triple Bottom Line Analysis – for projects seeking certification under the LEED Green Building Rating System™. A distinctive feature of this pilot credit is the requirement of conducting a benefit-cost analysis (BCA).

The new LEED pilot credit provides guidance on the specific steps to follow in conducting a BCA. There is no one prescribed approach recommended; however, they provide a sample generic approach that can be found below.

  1.         1. Select LEED credits for analysis,
  2.         2. Specify categories of costs and benefits to analyze,
  3.         3. Quantify inputs for costs and benefits,
  4.         4. Monetize annual costs and benefits,
  5.         5. Discount future cash flows to calculate Net Present Value and other metrics.

BCA analysis can be carried out by the project team, by consultants, or by using easy-to-use software designed to facilitate benefit-cost analysis.

Stay tuned to our next post where we will reveal the easiest way to earn the new LEED Pilot Credit – Informing Design Using Triple Bottom Line Analysis. You can also drop by our booth (booth #2456) at Greenbuild on October 5-6 in LA. 


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