New York City -- Schneider Electric and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are collaborating to enhance the current demand response credit for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
The energy management company and federally funded lab, along with energy strategy consultant Skipping Stone, are developing the credit to allow commercial building owners to earn LEED points for participating in utility or wholesale market demand response programs. Skipping Stone will also provide members of LEED certifier the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with a searchable, national database of existing demand response programs.
USGBC will launch a series of utility service territory pilots, to encourage adoption of demand response and the revised LEED credit. Skipping Stone will manage these pilots, and will coordinate with potential participating utilities, market operators, regulators, technology and service providers and other interested parties.
The revised credit will be published later this spring. After feedback from participating building managers and the collection of market research results, it will then be considered for integration into the Energy and Atmosphere category of the next version of the LEED rating system, which is due to be published in November.