13 Jul 2011

LEED-raters begin pilot test of buildings able to respond to peak power demands

Written by Jim Pierobon

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is testing a new credit for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system that earns points for buildings that have installed automated demand response tools.

Credit: Fast Company magazine

Buildings satisfy the credit by demonstrating their ability to shift energy consumption by at least 10 percent of peak load demand. This earns then one point toward LEED certification provided the building also participates in an existing utility-sponsored demand response program and meets certain other guidelines.  Additional points are available for efficiency investments in buildings.

Amy Boyce, LEED Manager at USGBC, told participants in the National Town Hall on Demand Response and Smart Grid Wednesday in Washington, DC that USGBC is finalizing plans for the implementation of a concentrated market test of the Demand Response Pilot Credit. The test is to be launched in select utility service territories to promote the new credit with hopes of sparking widespread adoption.

The credit is available for pilot testing for new construction, schools, retail stores, healthcare facilities and the “core and shell” and operations and maintenance of existing buildings.

The USGBC is reaching out to relevant trade groups such as the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid to engage stakeholders. She’s being met with pent-up demand for more comprehensive and enlightened means of assessing the sustainability of buildings and lowering their energy demand and carbon foot print.

Read about all the specifications here.



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