Innovation in Design

To encourage projects to achieve exceptional or innovative performance.

CHPS II 10.1: 4 pts.
BDCv4 IN Innovation: up to 5 pts.
BDCv4.1 IN Innovation: up to 5 pts.
NDv4 IN Innovation: up to 5 pts.
SITES C 10.1 Innovation or exemplary performance
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Varies with strategy

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Many of the strategies discussed have the potential to earn additional LEED Exemplary Performance points where certain criteria are exceeded. Applicability of the credit may be specific to certain LEED rating systems or to particular options or paths within a given credit. Credits with Exemplary Performance options include:

Exemplary Performance BDCv4 NDv4 CHPS
High-Priority Site X
Protect or Restore Habitat X
Rainwater Management X X
Heat-Island Reduction X X
Energy and Atmosphere
Optimize Energy Performance X X X
Materials and Resources
Building and Material Reuse X X
Environmental Product Declarations X
Recycled Content X X
Health Product Declarations X X
Construction Waste Management X X
Indoor Environmental Quality
Low-Emitting Materials X

Opportunities to achieve additional points under LEED Innovation in Design IDc1 exist with Pilot Credits and the Innovation Catalog. Refer to USGBC for applicability and details of each:

Possible Innovation in Design Credits for LEED v4 and v4.1 Pilot
Enhanced acoustical performance - exterior noise control (EQpc57) X
Assessment and Planning for Resilience (IPpc98) X
Design for Enhanced Resilience (IPpc99) X
Integrative Analysis of Building Materials (MRpc103) X
Procurement of Low Carbon Construction Materials (MRpc132) X
Innovation: Walkable Project Site X
Innovation in Design