LEED and PEER synergies – enhancing building, power system and community resilience

Ishaq Sulthan
May 13, 2021

Did you know that the LEED and PEER rating systems work hand in hand?

Recently, GBCI released an updated PEER and LEED Synergies guidance document, which provides a detailed list of LEED credits that can also apply towards earning PEER certification. The guidance also highlights PEER credits which may contribute to projects pursuing LEED certification.

USGBC and GBCI programs, including LEED and PEER, aim to drive environmental, economic and social transformation in buildings and beyond. A key part of this work is advancing reliability and resilience strategies in power and electrical systems. The next generation of green building will operate a wide range of distributed energy resources and microgrids that will make buildings more valuable resources to our power grids. 

PEER is a leadership standard that focuses on improving power system performance and electricity infrastructure. PEER’s focus on resilience and power reliability aims to improve global grid modernization efforts and to inspire, influence, and enable the energy sector to truly build a robust 21st century infrastructure. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence in green building. LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthier environments for the places we live, work, learn, and play.

Download the LEED and PEER Synergies Report

PEER and LEED are complementary and can be used independently or in tandem. GBCI’s updated synergies document provides detailed guidance on how LEED project can benefit if it is located within a PEER project boundary and similarly how a PEER project can benefit when it is located within a LEED project boundary. Further, the synergies document includes the case study of the University of Texas at Austin demonstrating how a LEED project located within the PEER certified boundary was able to achieve additional points towards LEED by utilizing the LEED EA Pilot Credit – District Energy System.  

Learn more from the LEED and PEER Synergies document on how LEED and PEER can be applied together to transform the power sector and enhance community and building level resilience globally.