At the end of April, LEED v3 (aka LEED 2009) was officially released. There have been several changes in the various rating systems, including the addition of regional priority credits. Previously, I discussed a few of the major changes in the LEED for New Construction checklist and so today, Iā€™m going to look at how the LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) checklist has changed.

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 ā€“ 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.

Version 3 LEED-CI updates
Version 3 of the LEED for Commercial Interiors checklist is now available for new projects.