LEED v4.1 and Electric Vehicle Charging Station requirements

Green Building Team on May 28, 2019

CaGBC received feedback through customer service and LEED User Groups this spring, that the adjusted LEED v4.1 BD+C/ID+C LTc Electric Vehicle requirement under Option 1 was proving to be a challenge. The need for Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) to comply with ISO 15118was seen as a significant change for the marketplace and may make the option very difficult to attain, thereby negating the benefits of the other changes to this credit.

However, LEED v4.1 is a beta version, which is being adapted based on market feedback. This requirement for the EVSE to meet ISO 15118 has been changed in response to the concerns from the market. While the “vehicle to grid connected” remains a requirement, ISO 15118 has been suggested as an example: “Be vehicle to grid connected (e.g. ISO 15118 compliant) and capable of responding to time-of-use market signals (e.g. price). Projects pursuing EA credit Grid Harmonization should incorporate EVSE into any demand response program or load flexibility and management strategies.”

This change can be seen in the Online Credit Library and is expected to be listed in the July 2019 quarterly addenda and updated rating system PDFs at that time. Canadian market feedback is valuable, and this is a great example of how your feedback contributes to improvements to the LEED v4.1 beta versions. Feedback is always welcomed from our membership: feel free to provide your feedback to GBCI Canada.