Cove.tool assists in pursuing the following LEED v.4 credits: IP c1, SS c1, EA p2, and EA c2.
IP c1: First, cove.tool can be used as one method to demonstrate energy-related preliminary studies required in the Integrative Process Credit. Cove.tool was designed to be an early stage performance evaluation tool, and therefor meant to reoccur throughout the design phases and quickly test various building and system combinations. Also, cove.tool can archive your project at each stage and help document that evolution of design and systems decisions made throughout SD, DD and CD for an easy LEED documentation/ submission. This allows for the LEED Points to be earned.
SS c1: Second, cove.tool auto-generates a PDF report with a complete climate profile that may be used to satisfy part of the climate required documentation for Sustainable Sites: c1 Site Assessment Credit – Climate. Every cove.tool project comes with a series of climate studies, such as relative temperature and humidity diagrams, psychrometric chart with passive strategy breakdown, solar exposure and radiation diagrams, as well as wind analysis.
E&A p2, c2: For credit’s E&A p2 – Minimum Energy Performance, and E&A c2 – Optimize Energy Performance, these credits require a whole building energy simulation for credit compliance. In this circumstance, cove.tool cannot be used to directly earn the LEED points. Instead cove.tool estimates the preliminary number of points that could be achieved if you were to use similar bundles created in cove.tool with further staged energy simulations. Since LEED requires a whole building energy simulations to establish a baseline energy target, cove.tool is not yet eligible, since its only runs an early stage shoe box simulation. However cove.tool does establish its own energy baseline and uses a building type index to compare energy and establish it’s own baseline target. From here it evaluates the percentage improvement made possible through each mechanical systems and building geometry bundle to determine the amount of percent energy improvement and figure out how many corresponding LEED points that would achieve. Check the USGBC credit language here(E&A P2) and here(E&A c2), to see what percentage improvement would earn your project in every category. This allows for the LEED Points to be earned.