Ahh- time to document the dreaded LEED Views credit. I must admit that this is one of my least favorite credits to document. It doesn’t take any complex calculations or any real technical know-how, but calculating good old IEQ Credit 8.2 can be a real time hog. I also get questions about documenting this credit quite often from co-workers:
Q: Do I really have to graphically show “view” vs. “no view”?
Q: Do I have to draw sections showing a view at 42″?
Q:Do I have to include a spreadsheet with the breakdown of ares of each regularly occupied space?
LEED for Schools 2007 (v. 2.0) does not have an official views calculator nor does it have spaces for this information on the official credit template like LEED NC 2.2 and LEED 2009 rating systems do. I have, in fact, gotten away with only submitting a graphical representation of floor area with views in the past for LEED for Schools, LEED for Core and Shell and LEED EBOM. Recently, however, the GBCI reviewers seem to be “cracking down” on teams that do not submit a spreadsheet breakdown of which spaces have views and for what percentage of their area. I recently even had a LEED for Schools reviewer demand that I use a views calculator that is only available by downloading it through a registered LEED for New Construction project in LEED Online (glad I had one!).
With all the confusion, I thought it might be helpful to provide a set of sample documentation uploads (complete with excel spreadsheet for LEED for Schools 2007 projects) minus the template itself. You can access a sample graphical plan here, a sample section here and the excel spreadsheet here.
I also have a few tips:
- Let Revit (or AutoCAD, I suppose) do the area calcs for you.
- Pick a “typical” section or two- no need to go crazy
- Remember that only windows with a direct 42″ line of sight count- no high windows or clerestories
- You can count 100% of the area of a private office as compliant if at least 75% of the office has a view at 42″ and you can count 100%.
- Think about excluding your gym if you’re doing a school by using the CIR dated 3/22/2007 (ruling date). Ball meets vision glazing is not a good situation
- Bone-up on the definition of regularly occupied spaces. Yes- a custodial workroom or a kitchen are considered “regularly occupied”
Good luck on your own documentation!