[Bldg-sim] LEED Increased Ventilation Credit and Energy Modeling

Nathan Miller nathanm at rushingco.com
Thu Mar 6 13:35:46 PST 2014

Worth noting that if you are modeling for LEED for Homes Midrise projects, you follow the modified version of Appendix G that appears in the ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise Simulation Guidelines, which puts a cap on your baseline ventilation flow rates of no more than 150% of 62.2.

Nathan Miller - PE, LEED(r)AP BD+C, CEM
Mechanical Engineer/Senior Energy Analyst
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From: bldg-sim-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org [mailto:bldg-sim-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org] On Behalf Of West, Scott P
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Subject: Re: [Bldg-sim] LEED Increased Ventilation Credit and Energy Modeling

I have to agree with Karen on this.  For LEED modeling at least, you can model the ventilation rates the same even if they are above 62.1 minimums.  I would add though that you could apply Addendum bj to 90.1-2007 which add an exception to this for ventilation systems that improve air distribution effectiveness (primarily displacement ventilation systems).  I'm not sure if USGBC has ruled on this specifically but they generally allow one to adopt 90.1 addenda as long as you state which ones you're using.  This addendum also adds an exception for DCV similar to what Karen mentioned.

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From: Karen Walkerman [mailto:karen at secondlaw.biz]
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 2:55 PM
To: Joe Chappell
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Subject: Re: [Bldg-sim] LEED Increased Ventilation Credit and Energy Modeling

There has been lots of discussion and misinformation about this in the past.  I believe the current take on this from a LEED perspective is that for each space in the proposed design where ventilation is above the required minimum AND there is demand controlled ventilation, the equivalent space in the baseline design shall be modeled with the minimum required ventilation as per ASHRAE 62.1.  For all other cases, baseline ventilation rates should match the proposed ventilation rates, regardless of whether the proposed design uses an increased ventilation rate or not.


On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM, Joe Chappell <JoeC at designengineers.com<mailto:JoeC at designengineers.com>> wrote:
Good day,

I have a question regarding the LEED credit for Increased Ventilation (IEQc2).  This is the credit awarded for exceeding ventilation in all spaces by 30% beyond the ASHRAE standard 62.1 requirements.  It seems obvious that the design model ventilation rates would be those 30% higher than 62.1 requirements.  What then would the baseline model ventilation rates be?

If you strictly follow 90.1 Appendix G, you should always model baseline and proposed equivalent except for when taking credit for demand controlled ventilation.  However, it seems in this case that it could also be argued (by LEED) that you should model the ASHRAE 62.1 required ventilation rates in the baseline model, not those that are 30% higher and therefore pay the energy expense( most climates) for increased outside air.

Does anyone have any experience with LEED on this issue?  Thanks in advance.

Kind regards,
Joe Chappell

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