Question: Roxie asks: For a building that has achieved a LEED EB certification, are there any restrictions on the tenant’s buildout of the premises associated with LEED?


Hi Roxie,
Taking up space in LEED EB certified building has several benefits. There are some considerations to be taken into account while designing and using the tenant fit-out. LEED EB buildings need to be re-certified every five years. So, depending on the credits applied for, the tenant would need to participate in certain simple programs.

Maintaining a high-performance solid waste management program, a waste stream audit needs to be conducted of ongoing consumables at least once every five years or by diverting 75% of ongoing waste and achieving Materials and Resources Credit Solid Waste Management—Ongoing.north-charleston-oak-terrace-preserve-home150

Conduct on-going tracking which could include for landscaping – Building Exterior Maintenance, Fertilizer Application, Pesticide Application; for cleaning – Cleaning Product Purchases, Equipment Maintenance, Exterior Cleaning; for pest control – Pesticide Application (Exterior & Interior), Universal Notification; for Waste Management – Ongoing Consumable Diversion, Battery Recycling, Annual Waste Stream Audit, Durable Goods Diversion.

Mainly the building staff and tenants would need to give the specifications of any fixtures or fittings replaced from the original ones – in terms of their water consumption, energy efficiency, etc. The building staff would also need to take weekly readings of the cooling tower. The data from the utility bills like water consumption and electricity consumption would have to be shared with the owner for analysis and submission to USGBC.

If any refrigerants are added to the air-conditioning system, the details of the same must be shared. Small HVAC&R units (defined as containing less than 0.5 pound (225 grams) of refrigerant), standard refrigerators, small water coolers, and any other cooling equipment that contains less than 0.5 pound (225 grams) of refrigerant are exempt.

Any other energy conservation measures implemented by the tenant can also facilitate re-certification.

The tenant would also need to share the details of electronics and furniture purchased depending on the credits re-applied. Purchase made should preferably be in line with the environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) policy of the project. These may include paper, toner cartridges, binders, batteries, desk accessories, lamps (indoor and outdoor, hard-wired and portable fixtures), light bulbs, etc.


imageDivya Nambia

Is an architect, LEED AP BD+C and PMP. As an adjunct lecturer in Dubai, She is actively involved in green building research. She has facilitated 7 LEED projects globally.

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