This study aims to develop a web-based tool – LEED Energy Performance Online Submission Tool (LEPOST) to reduce the submission cost of the leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) application process and facilitate green building design. Lifecycle cost reduction is a major driver for designing green buildings. LEED rating system has been well recognised and widely used in the green building industry. However, certification cost incurred in time and money is often a deterrent for some projects.
LEPOST automatically maps EnergyPlus and eQUEST energy simulation results to the LEED energy performance requirement submission templates using an extensible markup language (XML) data structure. It incorporates the Energy Star Target Finder online engine and current utility data to calculate points required to assess LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 2 and Credit 1 automatically.
A comparative case study is conducted using an office building project. The study results show that the tool can reduce the amount of time for the LEED energy performance evaluation and submission process from more than 6 hours to 2 minutes. The total number of manual data entries is reduced from 442 to 20.
Future work includes the update to support LEED V4, the development of a parametric design function that can help design teams perform design alternatives to evaluate energy performance with minimum effort, and the integration with the LEED Online system.
The use of the tool by the building industry may decrease the cost of LEED certification for building owners, developers and design teams by simplifying the submission process.
The overall development framework of LEPOST contributes to the knowledge of the data interoperability in the building sector by demonstrating a viable solution to extract and map digital model information for achieving code and standard compliance purposes.
The authors would like to acknowledge National Science Foundation-Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (NSF-EFRI Award #: 1038139) and Innovation Works (Award #: 2012W.EZ01532E-1) for funding the study. The authors would also like to acknowledge the support from Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC) and Pittsburgh Innovation Works.
Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Biswas, T. and Wang, H. (2015), "An online platform to automate LEED energy performance evaluation and submission process", Construction Innovation, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 313-332. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-04-2014-0020
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