The ‘Greenhouse Gas Emissions’ credit assesses the greenhouse gas emissions that can be attributed to a building’s operations during the performance period in comparison to a greenhouse gas emission baseline.
Under the credit, the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) generated by a building are calculated and compared against a GHG emission baseline.
The baseline is determined using historical greenhouse gas emissions data from comparable buildings and is taken to represent an ‘average performer’ within the market. Where no comparable buildings exist, historical data from the building itself can be used to determine average performance. Buildings are awarded points where a percentage decrease in GHG emissions relative to the ‘average performer’ benchmark can be demonstrated.
In addition to benchmarking a building against average GHG performance for comparable buildings operating within the same climatic conditions, the ‘Greenhouse Gas Emissions’ credit will allow building owners to set and measure GHG emissions targets for their building over time.
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