The most notable change is the significant increase in points; LEED-CI v2.0 had a maximum of 57 points available while LEED-CI v3 tops out at 110 total available points. Projects seeking certification using the LEED-CI v3 checklist must score a minimum of 40 points to be certified. Projects earning 50-59 points qualify for LEED-CI Silver certification and projects that score between 60 and 79 points will earn LEED-CI Gold certification. LEED-CI Platinum certification is reserved for projects that score a minimum of 80 points.
The Water Efficiency section has been upgraded. Previously, two points were available as long as a project had a 30 percent reduction in water use. In version three, a minimum of 30 percent water use reduction is required to score points (6). Projects that have a 35 percent reduction in water use qualify for eight points while a 40 percent reduction earns 11 points.
In the Energy & Atmosphere section, two additional levels have been added to the Equipment and Appliances section. In version two, there were only two levels: 70 percent and 90 percent EnergyStar. In version 3, two intermediate levels were added – 77 percent and 84 percent.
The LEED-CI v3 checklist
(XLS) is available on the U.S. Green Building Council website. Beginning June 27, all new projects will be required to use version 3.