A variety of methods exist to earn points in various categories on the LEED scorecard through sustainable plumbing designs and systems, as mentioned in top plumbing tips for LEED certification. Here is a quick and easy guide to decipher ways to achieve points through plumbing design in the Energy and Atmosphere category, which addresses energy use reduction, energy efficient design strategies and renewable energy sources.
As with the other categories in the LEED rating system, the Energy and Atmosphere category contains certain prerequisites, such as an energy reduction by 5 percent in regard to the plumbing portion, that must be met. This means that these updates must be completed before LEED points can begin to accrue. A building can begin to earn points through these changes through plumbing in this category:
- Optimize energy performance: 1 point
- Employ advanced energy metering: 1 point
- Use renewable energy: 1 point
Using renewable solar and biomass energy through the use of solar thermal panels, biomass-fired boilers or both to heat domestic water is an also option to earn LEED points in the Energy and Atmosphere category. That being said, the two best ways to accrue LEED points through plumbing in this category is by:
- Using condensing combustion water heaters
- Metering specific energy-use categories such as water heating, laundry, food services, etc.
RTM experts are available to conduct an AIA continuing education course on the topic of obtaining LEED points in plumbing. Interested firms should contact RTM Engineering Consultants’s Marketing Manager Jessica Kacmar at 312-216-0509 or email@example.com.