Substituting LEED v4.1 pathways

Green Building Team on September 28, 2021

Rating System/Standard
LEED v4.1

LEED v4 project teams can take advantage of increased flexibility and improvements by substituting LEED v4.1 requirements for particular credits. All LEED BD+C and ID+C v4.1 credits are available for substitution for LEED v4 projects. The instructions on how to substitute credits are also provided in the Beta Guides and noted below.

Process for attempting credit substitutions:

1. In LEED Online, within each credit in your v4 project, you will see a gray arrow icon on the right side of each attempted credit on the credits tab. Click this icon for each credit that you would like to substitute. You will see a popup box checkbox that reads: “I am pursuing a LEED v4.1 credit substitution on this credit. Click confirm for each credit you plan to attempt.

2. Complete the LEED v4.1 sample form for the credit. LEED v4.1 sample forms can be found on the sidebar of the LEED Online homepage. Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

3. The LEED v4.1 form and all supplemental documentation requested on the form can be uploaded to the special circumstances section of the LEED v4 credit in your project. Ensure to use the LEED v4.1 credit calculators where required; these can be found here.

4. Submit credits for review following the standard process.

Project teams substituting LEED v4.1 credits on their LEED v4 BD+C or ID+C projects, may now use any version of the credit; that is, the original LEED v4.1 credit or any version found in addenda, regardless of date of registration of their LEED v4 project. This increased flexibility is to ensure project teams have the best options available for their project while substituting credits from the LEED v4.1 beta rating system. No matter which version is substituted, project teams must use the applicable LEED v4.1 Sample Form and follow all documentation requirements of LEED v4.1.