Be Proactive with your LEED Certification
Standards are constantly changing to keep up with new information or discoveries. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is no exception. Previous guidelines set standards for construction which included reuse of recycled materials, using stormwater or greywater for landscaping, and even light pollution standards. All of these construction aspects lead to a more energy efficient building, but what was truly happening? After construction and commissioning the buildings were changing, occupancy may have been higher than predicted, the LEED buildings were not living up to energy efficiency expectations. This realization caused the USGBC to substantially update their LEED certification program.
LEED certification has always carried with it minimum requirements, these requirements don’t carry a point value with them, but they must be met in order for certification. One of the new Minimum Program Requirements is that a building must commit to sharing whole building energy and water usage data for a minimum of 5 years. The previous versions of the LEED standards only required building performance standards to be met at the time of certification. The newer standards will disqualify a project if monitoring is not completed initially, and if monitoring is not completed for a minimum of 5 years. Even if you do get a LEED certification and you do not complete the 5 years of monitoring the USGBC has the authority to revoke your certification.
With this in mind, the CEMO energy management software allows a building owner and occupants the peace of mind of knowing the building is functioning as designed and is receiving the monitoring it needs. The software monitors and tracks energy and water data in real-time, allowing buildings to optimize performance and maintain their LEED certification. The CEMO software will issue analysis based alerts by email, text, phone call or any method you prefer should something happen to the building’s systems to cause the energy performance to fall out of compliance, so the problem can be immediately addressed. Don’t just monitor your buildings usage and store it for re-certification, unwelcome surprises may rear their heads, don’t let your building’s performance be a surprise; take a proactive approach with the CEMO system.