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A Comparison: Tenant Energy Optimization Process and LEED v4 ID+C

At first glance, the Tenant Energy Optimization process and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 for Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) appear strikingly similar, because both are related to improving tenant spaces rather than whole-building operations. Although the two programs are complementary, they are fundamentally different in terms of their goals, scope, and approaches.

Following is a brief comparison of program attributes:

AttributeTenant Energy Optimization ProcessLEED v4 ID+C
Program intentIntegrate energy efficiency into tenant space design and construction and receive a financial return on the upfront investment cost through energy cost saving.Develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people
Recognition typeReturns-driven processCertification based on points
Participation costNoneRegistration and review fees
Third-party verification
(i.e., energy modeling results review)
OptionalRequired

The Tenant Energy Optimization process aligns well with LEED v4 ID+C’s Energy and Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental categories because it is closely related to energy efficiency. The Tenant Energy Optimization process includes the following:

  • Daylight and interior lighting recommendations common across several tenant case studies; and
  • Enhanced indoor air quality (IAQ) strategies via carbon dioxide monitoring. Several case studies recommend carbon dioxide sensors for demand-controlled ventilation.

Because the Tenant Energy Optimization process focuses on energy efficiency specifically, it does not address all categories under LEED. The process does not cover the following:

  • Site selection factors that include access to transit and amenities promoting active lifestyles (e.g., bicycle parking);
  • Energy and Atmosphere subcategories related to refrigerants and alternative energy;
  • Water efficiency strategies;
  • Materials and sourcing, including traceable materials selection and waste management processes;
  • Indoor Environmental Quality subcategories that focus on tenant comfort, including acoustic, thermal conditions, and low-emitting materials; and
  • Additional IAQ factors, including construction management plans for contaminants and ongoing assessments.

The following tables provide a full list of LEED v4 ID+C prerequisites and credits, noting where overlap exists with the Tenant Energy Optimization process.

Location and Transportation

LEED v4 ID+C ChecklistTypeIncluded in the Tenant Energy Optimization Process?
LEED for neighborhood development locationCreditNo
Surrounding density and diverse usesCreditNo
Access to quality transitCreditNo
Bicycle facilitiesCreditNo
Reduced parking footprintCreditNo

Water Efficiency

LEED v4 ID+C ChecklistTypeIncluded in the Tenant Energy Optimization Process?
Indoor water use reductionPrerequisiteNo
Indoor water use reductionCreditNo

Energy and Atmosphere

LEED v4 ID+C ChecklistTypeIncluded in the Tenant Energy Optimization Process?
Fundamental commissioning and verificationPrerequisiteYes
Minimum energy performancePrerequisiteYes
Fundamental refrigerant managementPrerequisiteNo
Enhanced commissioningCreditYes
Optimize energy performanceCreditYes
Advanced energy meteringCreditYes
Renewable energy productionCreditNo
Enhanced refrigerant managementCreditNo
Green power and carbon offsetsCreditNo

Materials and Resources

LEED v4 ID+C ChecklistTypeIncluded in the Tenant Energy Optimization Process?
Storage and collection of recyclablesPrerequisiteNo
Construction and demolition waste management planningPrerequisiteNo
Long-term commitmentCreditNo
Interiors life-cycle impact reductionCreditNo
Building product disclosure and optimization – environmental product declarationsCreditNo
Building product disclosure and optimization – sourcing of raw materialsCreditNo
Building product disclosure and optimization – material ingredientsCreditNo
Construction and demolition waste managementCreditNo

Indoor Environmental Quality

LEED v4 ID+C ChecklistTypeIncluded in the Tenant Energy Optimization Process?
Minimum IAQ performancePrerequisiteNo
Environmental tobacco smoke controlPrerequisiteNo
Enhanced IAQ strategiesCreditYes
Low-emitting materialsCreditNo
Construction IAQ management planCreditNo
IAQ assessmentCreditNo
Thermal comfortCreditNo
Interior lightingCreditYes
DaylightCreditYes
Quality viewsCreditNo
Acoustic performanceNo

Innovation

LEED v4 ID+C ChecklistTypeIncluded in the Tenant Energy Optimization Process?
InnovationCreditNo
LEED Accredited ProfessionalCreditNo

Regional Priority

LEED v4 ID+C ChecklistTypeIncluded in the Tenant Energy Optimization Process?
Regional priorityCreditNo