How to log LEED’s Integrative Process credit using cove.tool

August 27, 2019 - 3 minutes read

The work users do in cove.tool can also help them earn LEED Points. As design teams continue to grow and integrate with cove.tool, teams and their projects should go beyond performance reports in the board rooms, and start earning real recognition from organizations Like USGBC. One easy step users can take now is using cove.tool to in achieve the Integrative Process Credit (LEED v4IPc1). 

The intent of the Integrative Process Credit is “to support high-performance, cost-effective project outcomes through an early analysis of the interrelationships among systems” (LEED v4 – BDC Reference Guide). Similar to cove.tool’s intent, the IP credit was created to incentivize design teams to make comprehensive synergized data-driven decisions during early stage of design, where cost and performance can be impacted most. Below, is a version of the MacLeamy’s curve, a well-known ACE concept which best demonstrates how shifting decision making in building design early into the process leads to great benefits in building performance and cost, an idea central to the goal of the IP credit.​

How to earn the Integrative Process Credit using cove.tool 

The IP Credit measures compliance based on the design team’s ability to identify and implement opportunities which achieve synergies across disciplines and building systems. Using the LEED Reference Guide, USGBC has listed possible analyses which could be performed to achieve compliance and earn the credit.  

Broke into Two Sections 

1: Energy-Related Systems 

  • Discovery Stage: Site conditions, Massing and Orientation, Basic Envelope Attributes, Lighting Levels, Thermal Comfort, Plug and Process Load Needs, Programmatic and Operational Parameters. 
  • Implementation Stage: Building and Site Program, Building Form and Geometry, Building Envelope and Façade Treatments on Different Orientations, Elimination and/or significant downsizing of building systems, and Other Systems.

Section 2: Water-Related Systems 

  • Discovery Stage:  Indoor Water Demand, Outdoor Water Demand, Process Water Demand, Supply Sources.
  • Implementation Stage: Plumbing Systems, Sewage Conveyance and/or On-site Treatment Systems, Rainwater Quality and Management Systems, Landscape, Irrigation, and Site Systems, Roofing Systems and/or Building Form and Geometry, and Other Systems.

These simulation outputs are then in turn used to inform the owner’s project requirements (OPR), basis of design (BOD), design documents, and construction documents. Cove.tool can be used to automate a majority of these listed operation. Below is a table of the different discovery stage simulations possible in cove.tool, whether cove.tool provides documentation which can be used for LEED Documentation,  and where in the tool to find them.​

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