to provide a high level of thermal comfort controls for building
occupants to improve occupant productivity and comfort.
Provide individual comfort controls for at least 50% of the
Provide comfort controls for multi-occupant spaces to meet group
- Consider adjustable underfloor air diffusers, or thermostat
controlled VAV boxes.
- Operable windows can be used in lieu of comfort controls for
occupants of areas that are 20 feet inside of and 10 feet to either
side of the operable part of the window.
- Perform preliminary temperature/airflow control calculations
early in design to determine if more or less thermal comfort
controls are required to meet the credit.
- Comfort controls are defined as the provision of control over
at least one of the primary factors in the occupant's local
environment: thermostats, diffusers, radiant panels, operable
- Specific types or numbers of controls are not defined by LEED
for shared multi-occupant spaces.
- The control strategies cannot rely on average temperature
inputs, individual temperature control must be provided.
- Provide sensors at each operable window so that maintenance
staff gets notified when windows are left open after hours.
- 15% of all California LEED Certified projects achieved this
credit for LEED v2.1.
Additional EDR Resources
Design Briefs: Smart
Design Briefs: Underfloor Air Distribution and Access
Briefs: Air Conditioning & Ventilation
Design Briefs: Design
For Your Climate
Options & Opportunities
Design Guidelines: Commissioning Guidelines - Appendix 6