How does the Energy and Atmosphere Credit 6 help with LEED® certification?
There are energy infrastructures that are harmful for the environment and no matter how energy efficient a building may be, it will still use electricity from one of these sources. As new construction projects are developed, the Energy and Atmosphere Credit 6 (EAC6) will provide opportunity for those projects to choose renewable energy. When a new building project pursues EAC6 it will significantly reduce its environmental impact and offer points toward LEED certification. More and more point have been weighted for on-site and off-site RECs as well as the LEED Green Power Credit by the various LEED rating systems as part of the ongoing development of the U.S. Green Building Council®.
How does the LEED certification process reward EAC6?
When you purchase green power credits to help offset your building’s environmental impact you can earn up to six LEED certification points. Below is a chart of the certification levels:
- 2009 USGBC LEED CERTIFICATION LEVELS
Certification 2-Year Electricity Usage Offset w/ Green Power Points Available Notes New Construction 35 – 70% 2 – 3 Core + Shell 35 – 70% 2 – 3 Core + Shell electricity usage is 15% of total building electricity demand Schools 35 – 70% 2 – 3* 100% electricity offset achieves 1 ID Credit for Exemplary Performance