LEED Multi-family Midrise

Mixed-use. Multifamily. Student housing / Dorms.
Assisted Living. Condo Conversions.

All LEED Midrise.

Ever wonder why LEED-NC didn’t fit well with projects that were primarily residential use in nature?   Project teams now can choose between LEED Midrise and LEED- NC on projects that are 4 stories or higher.

LEED Multifamily Midrise fills this market gap, and is verified in the field, as-built instead of as-bindered, eliminating submissions through LEED Online. As a result, this program has lower costs, certification time and paperwork in comparison to LEED NC.  It is set up the same way as for LEED for Homes in regards to using a LEED for Homes provider, a green rater, and a simpler final submittal packages, significantly reducing the cost of LEED certification. Request a free all-inclusive LEED Midrise quote from AES.

What projects are eligible for LEED Mid-Rise?

Projects must be 4+ stories above grade and have 50% square feet in residential space. Mixed-use is allowed. Anything below 4 stories is considered LEED for Homes Multi-family.  As of August 2012, the Midrise program is now accepting projects from 4 to 12+ stories tall.

What unique criteria must a Mid-Rise project meet?

As for energy Mid-Rise must meet the ASHRAE 90.1 – 2004 standard. This tested on a per-unit bases, not on the whole building. As for indoor air quality project must meet ASHRAE 62.1 and 62.2 requirements. 62.2 requires mechanical ventilation for out door air.

How much will a LEED Midrise project cost? Please request a free quote from AES.

What if my building is 4 or 5 stories?

EPA’s eligibility requirements for qualifying individual multi-family units under the ENERGY STAR New Homes program are as follows:

  • All units in multi-family buildings three-stories or less can qualify for ENERGY STAR.
  • Units in four- and five-story multi-family buildings may qualify for ENERGY STAR if: 1) The structure is permitted as residential by the local building department; and 2) each residential unit has its own heating, cooling, and hot water systems, separate from other units. The phrase, “permitted as residential structures,” is intended to represent units that either fall within the scope of the residential building energy code or are permitted as having a residential use-group, even under conditions where the commercial building energy code applies.
  • Multi-family units that are located on top of commercial spaces (e.g., retail, restaurant, etc.) may be qualified as ENERGY STAR even if the structure is permitted as commercial, as long as: 1) the entire structure is five stories or less; and 2) each residential unit has its own heating, cooling, and hot water systems, separate from other units.

In response to questions from partners, EPA has clarified the phrase, “permitted as residential structures” in the second clause and now requires all units qualified under the second and third clause to have their own heating, cooling, and hot water systems, separate from other units.

 How much will a LEED Midrise project cost? Please request a free quote from AES.

LEED Mid-Rise is a more relevant rating system for residential occupancies.

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