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(EST-1247) The Cost Impact of LEED-NC v3.0 Minimum Energy Performance Prerequisite 2 on Warehouse Design

Primary Author: Ms Leigh Shaw; Dr Khalid Siddiqi

Audience Focus: Advanced
Application Type: Research
Venue: 2013 AACE International Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: The objective of this study was to analyze the additional costs and design component changes associated with meeting LEED-NC v3.0 Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance when designing distribution warehouses. The study provided cost insight for owners who are seeking LEED-NC v3.0 certification in a warehouse type of building. Additionally, the study identified cost premiums and design changes required to meet the second prerequisite of the LEED-NC v3.0 Energy and Atmosphere category. The study focus was on the analysis of the design of a 77,126 SF distribution warehouse, which included 3,856 SF of office space. A cost baseline utilizing typical warehouse construction components within the design was established by using the RS Means Building Construction Cost Data 2010 guide. It was concluded that premium cost upgrades to the structure envelope and main building design was required to meet the minimum energy performance requirements of prerequisite 2. Additionally, the report provides a list of the design component changes that could be used to qualify for LEED-NC v3.0 certification.