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Legend Power's smart grid technology, can help building projects achieve up to 5 points toward LEED green building certification. …

Legend Power's smart grid technology, can help building projects achieve up to 5 points toward LEED green building certification.

This report is comprehensive technical assessment of Legend Power's performance within various LEED certification systems.

The technology can help larger public and private sector green buildings to decrease power consumption by optimizing voltage changes as a result of fluctuating supply from the energy grid.

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  • 1. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment Prepared For: Erik Wolfe Legend Power Systems Inc. 8618 Commerce Court Burnaby, BC V5A 4N6 Prepared By: Derek Satnik, P.Eng., LEED® AP Kyle Anders, MASc Mindscape Innovations 30 Duke St. W, Suite 702 Kitchener, ON N2H 3W5 www.mi-group.ca Project No: LPS-G1001-001
  • 2. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report is an assessment of Legend Power‟s performance within the various LEED rating systems. We are pleased to advise you that for a typical building, Legend Power‟s Harmonizer- AVR product contributes towards a number of points under each of the following rating systems: LEED Point Threshold Legend Legend Power LEED Rating System Power Max. Direct Pt. Certified Silver Gold Platinum Related Pts Contribution 2009 NC 19 4 2009 NC Schools 19 3 2009 NC Retail 19 4 2009 Canada-NC 19 4 2009 EBOM 40 - 49 50 - 59 60 - 79 ≥80 18 5 2009 Canada-EBOM 18 5 2009 Core & Shell 21 4 2009 Canada-Core 21 4 &Shell 2008 Healthcare No point thresholds; benchmarking system 15 3 It should be noted that the eligibility of Legend Power in directly contributing points in LEED is significantly influenced several factors including the proportion of a building‟s energy use comprised of electricity, a building‟s proximity to the nearest substation and resulting voltage supply, and the profile of a building‟s electricity end-uses (i.e. lighting type, number of motors, etc.). Furthermore, to contribute points in LEED for a given project, appropriate documentation in accordance with the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007 G2.5 would have to be submitted, including assumptions made for both baseline and proposed design, theoretical or empirical information supporting these assumptions, and specific energy cost savings achieved. It is recommended that Legend Power more precisely determine the points their Harmonizer-AVR would earn for different building scenarios and keep an appropriately comprehensive set of case studies available for sales staff to reference as and when appropriate. In addition to the contributions made in the above green rating systems, Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR has other noteworthy environmental benefits that should be promoted: life extension benefits for building equipment to reduce maintenance costs and waste, and reduction in utilities peak demand which increases capacity within the existing generation and distribution infrastructure. It is recommended that these benefits be expressed as the legitimate benefits they are, and communicated in targeted and appropriate ways, alongside the benefits referenced to the specific rating systems above. Lastly, because of the relationship Mindscape enjoys with www.OntarioGreenSpec.ca, we have added your product into their listing database online under the category "Energy & Atmosphere" / "Power Quality". For additional membership benefits and promotional opportunities at www.OntarioGreenSpec.ca, please refer to www.ontariogreenspec.ca/membership_rates_benefits. You may wish to consider promotional opportunities both there and in other online green databases such as www.greenspec.com. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page i
  • 3. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary ..................................................................................................................... i List of Tables ............................................................................................................................. iii 1.0 INTRODUCTION.................................................................................................................. 4 1.1 TERMS DEFINED ............................................................................................................... 4 1.2 LEED RATING SYSTEMS.................................................................................................... 5 1.3 RATING METHODOLOGY .................................................................................................... 7 2.0 PRODUCT STUDY FINDINGS & ASSUMPTIONS ..................................................................... 8 3.0 ASSESSMENT TABLES ....................................................................................................... 9 3.1 LEED 2009 FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR RENOVATIONS (USGBC).......................... 9 3.2 LEED 2009 FOR SCHOOLS: NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR RENOVATION (USGBC) ......... 11 3.3 LEED 2009 FOR RETAIL: NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR RENOVATION (USGBC) ................ 13 3.4 LEED 2009 CANADA-NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR RENOVATIONS (CAGBC) ................ 15 3.5 LEED 2009 FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS: OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE (USGBC) ................... 17 3.6 LEED 2009 CANADA-EXISTING BUILDINGS: OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE (CAGBC) .............. 18 3.7 LEED 2009 CORE & SHELL (USGBC) ................................................................................ 19 3.8 LEED 2009 CANADA-CORE & SHELL (CAGBC) ................................................................. 21 3.9 LEED FOR HEALTHCARE (USGBC)...................................................................................... 23 4.0 ADDITIONAL MARKETABLE ENVIRONMENTAL ATTRIBUTES .................................................. 25 5.0 CONCLUSIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS ............................................................................. 26 APPENDIX A: ENERGY CREDIT TABLES ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page ii
  • 4. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 LIST OF TABLES Table 1: Standard Evaluation Table ........................................................................................... 7 Table 2: Potential Building Energy Cost Reductions by installing Harmonizer-AVR ................... 8 Table 3: Legend Power in LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations ................ 9 Table 4: Legend Power in LEED 2009 NCS ..............................................................................11 Table 5: Legend Power in LEED 2009 NCR..............................................................................13 Table 6: Legend Power in LEED 2009 Canada-NC...................................................................15 Table 7: Legend Power in LEED 2009 Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance ..........17 Table 8: Legend Power in LEED 2009 Canada-Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance 18 Table 9: Legend Power in LEED 2009 for Core and Shell .........................................................19 Table 10: Legend Power in LEED 2009 Canada for Core and Shell..........................................21 Table 11: Legend Power in LEED for Healthcare ......................................................................23 Table 12: Legend Power LEED Performance Summary............................................................26 ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page iii
  • 5. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 1.0 INTRODUCTION Thank you for contracting Mindscape Innovations Group Inc. (Mindscape) to assess your eligibility for points in the various LEED® rating systems. Mindscape is one of Canada‟s leading professional services firms in the commercial and residential energy ratings market, and is proud to have played a key role in founding the LEED Canada-Homes (2008) program especially. We provide consulting and certification services for all LEED Canada programs and matching US programs: residential and commercial, existing buildings and new. We are most actively engaged in the LEED for Homes market (low-rise, mid-rise, and high-rise), and are recognized experts in the LEED rating systems generally, on both sides of the border: US and Canada. Legend Power System Inc.‟s (Legend Power) Harmonizer-Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) can play a key role in energy efficient and environmentally responsible design of buildings. The purpose of this report is to assess the point eligibility of Legend Power‟s products in the LEED rating systems listed below. 1.1 TERMS DEFINED Before delving into a point by point assessment of the various rating systems, it is important first to clarify and define several terms commonly used therein: USGBC: the United States Green Building Council: an industry body active in the green building industry which, among other activities, creates and delivers the LEED rating systems and related programs. The USGBC is the global originator of the LEED brand, and controls the global intellectual property rights, licensing them out to other national Green Building Council‟s such as the CaGBC for development in their own countries. CaGBC: the Canada Green Building Council: an industry body active in the green building industry which, among other activities, is a licensee of the USGBC‟s LEED products, and which creates and delivers LEED rating systems and related programs in Canada. LEED: “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”: a green building program designed to quantify the environmental benefit of various green building strategies in a rating system format, which ultimately includes a certification program that places a certification label on the constructed building. LEED Rating System: the LEED program includes several “Rating Systems” which have been defined for niche markets, such as “LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations” (LEED NC), or “LEED for Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance” (LEED EB:OM), or “LEED for Homes”. Each rating system has the same general structure of pre-requisites and credits, and the same general process of certification, but the technical content will be customized to suit the intended target market, and the process may include specialized parties relevant only to that target market (such as home energy raters in the LEED for Homes rating system). LEED Points: points are the central measuring stick in LEED rating systems, and are grouped by common strategies into credits. LEED rating systems will tend to have ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 4
  • 6. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 anywhere from 70 to ~130 total points, grouped into anywhere from 35 to 44 credits. Many credits will offer multiple points for progressively greater achievement on the same theme, such as increased energy efficiency, increased water efficiency, etc. LEED Pre-requisite: a single mandatory strategy for sustainability that has been defined and made measurable. Whereas credits include optional measures that earn points, pre-requisites are not optional and do not earn points: every LEED certified building is required to achieve all the pre-requisites in the relevant rating system. LEED Credit: a single optional strategy for sustainability that has been defined and made measurable, which may include one or several points, and where increased points could be earned under the same strategy for increased performance (e.g.: for increased energy efficiency, increased water efficiency, or some other measure as defined in the Credit). LEED Certification: the process used by the USGBC and CaGBC to audit a building‟s design and to verify its constructed performance. Buildings which meet all the pre- requisites in the rating system, and which achieve a minimum number of points, are eligible to be certified at the “Certified”, “Silver”, “Gold”, and “Platinum” levels, each representing progressively greater achievement within the program. The nature and number of pre-requisites and the number of points required to meet each threshold varies with the specific LEED rating system (e.g.: LEED for Homes is different than LEED NC), but the process of certification is essentially the same in all LEED programs. 1.2 LEED RATING SYSTEMS This report will assess the eligibility of Legend Power for points in the following rating systems: 1. LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations (NC), owned and delivered by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in the United States of America (USA) and internationally where other LEED programs or allied programs are not available – for construction of new commercial office and institutional buildings, including offices, institutional buildings (libraries, museums, churches, etc), hotels and residential buildings of 4 or more habitable stories; 2. LEED 2009 for Schools: New Construction and Major Renovations (NCS), owned and delivered by the USGBC, for certifying the construction or major renovation of academic buildings on K-12 school grounds; 3. LEED 2009 for Retail: New Construction and Major Renovations (NCR), owned and delivered by USGBC, for certifying the construction or major renovation of retail buildings; 4. LEED 2009 Canada-New Construction and Major Renovations (NC), owned and delivered by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) in Canada – for construction of new commercial office and institutional buildings, including offices, institutional buildings (libraries, museums, churches, etc), hotels and residential buildings of 4 or more habitable stories; 5. LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB:O&M), owned and delivered by the USGBC, for certifying sustainability of ongoing operations of ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 5
  • 7. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 existing commercial and institutional buildings, including offices, retail and service establishments, institutional buildings (libraries, schools, museums, churches, etc.), hotels and residential buildings of 4 or more habitable stories. 6. LEED 2009 Canada for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EB:O&M), owned and delivered by the CaGBC, for certifying sustainability of ongoing operations of existing commercial and institutional buildings, including offices, retail and service establishments, institutional buildings (libraries, schools, museums, churches, etc.), hotels and residential buildings of 4 or more habitable stories. 7. LEED 2009 for Core & Shell (CS), owned and delivered by the USGBC, for construction projects in which the developer controls the design and construction of the entire core and shell base building (i.e. mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems) but has not control over the design and construction of the tenant fit- out. 8. LEED 2009 Canada-Core & Shell (CS), owned and delivered by the CaGBC, for construction projects in which the developer controls the design and construction of the entire core and shell base building (i.e. mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems) but has not control over the design and construction of the tenant fit- out. 9. LEED for Healthcare (HC), owned and delivered by the USGBC, for construction and operation of buildings that are predominantly institutional occupancies as defined by the local building code, such as acute care hospitals, where regulatory requirements have created particular needs. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 6
  • 8. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 1.3 RATING METHODOLOGY Each of the ratings systems will be analyzed in the same way, using the following table: Table 1: Standard Evaluation Table [Rating Total Relevant Benefit of Legend Power Potential Legend System] Credit Available Product Power Point Contribution Points (1) (2) (3) (4) This report will (1) reference the specific rating system that is being assessed, (2) list the total number of points which may potentially be affected by Legend Power products under the various credits defined in the referenced rating systems, (3) briefly explain how the product fulfills the intent of the referenced credits, and (4) include an opinion of the actual potential number of points that Legend Power would directly contribute towards earning within the referenced rating system (which is typically expected to be less than the total points available for a given credit). The indicated “Potential Legend Power Point Contribution” reflects available industry standard resources and Mindscape‟s professional experience in our own projects and is in no way a guarantee of future project performance. Please note that it is important to understand the difference between claiming that a certain product will earn points as opposed to claiming that it will contribute towards points. The reality is that the LEED programs reward buildings, not products, so although your product may have been a vital contributor towards an earned point, it may not be the only contributor for that point. For example, if a point is earned by an insulated concrete form product (ICF) for recycled content in LEED 2009 (NC) under credit MRc2 because there was sufficient recycled content included in the concrete used on the job, then the ICF product will very likely have contributed strongly to this point. However, so may the concrete in the foundation and floors, and it may be true that the ICF portion of the total concrete used was not sufficient to earn a point without also including the content used in the floors. It is recommended that Legend Power avoid needing to educate their clients on this sensitivity by simply stating that you “contribute towards” the points referenced in sections 3.1 through 3.9 below. The added benefit to this approach is that you then have the ability to make seemingly larger claims which are no less true. For example, although it is true that in LEED 2009 NC (see Table 3 below) under credit EAc1 you may only earn up to 5.0 points directly, it is equally true that you are contributing towards the full 19 points that are available under that credit. For clarity, you cannot claim to have earned points until after the CaGBC‟s auditing consultants have verified that your product was in fact responsible for the points directly, but you can always claim to be contributing towards the total number of points available in a given credit. Sample claims that could be made are included later in this report after each assessment table to offer further clarity. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 7
  • 9. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 2.0 PRODUCT STUDY FINDINGS & ASSUMPTIONS No energy performance measurements were directly performed by Mindscape for this assessment. For the purpose of this report, the potential energy savings achieved by Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR was determined based on previous case studies provided by Legend Power. Annual electricity cost savings of up to 9% through the installation of the Harmonizer- AVR has been confirmed by Legend Power for their Il Mercato project1. Based on this maximum expected building electricity cost savings of 9% along with national statistics of building energy consumption expenditures provided by the U.S. Energy Information Agency2, Table 2 shows the maximum reductions in overall building energy costs that can be expected for each building type by installing the Harmonizer-AVR (e.g. for New Commercial, 84%×0.09 = 10% maximum overall energy cost savings). Table 2: Potential Building Energy Cost Reductions by installing Harmonizer-AVR Building Energy Costs From Maximum Overall Building Applicable LEED Type Electricity Use Energy Cost Savings Rating System 2009 NC New 2009 CS Commercial 84% 7.5% (2000-2003) 2009 Canada-NC 2009 Canada-CS Existing 2009 EBOM Commercial 77%3 6.9%3 (1920-2003) 2009 Canada-EBOM Schools 68% 6.1% 2009 NCS Retail 86% 7.7% 2009 NCR Healthcare 68%3 6.2%3 2008 HC 1 Case Studies – Other Installations, Legend Power Website, accessed online 2010/05/12 @: http://www.legendpower.com/case-studies/other-installations 2 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey, Energy Information Agency, 2003, Table C2 & C1, accessed online 2010/05/12 @: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cbecs/cbecs2003/detailed_tables_2003/detailed_tables_2003.html#consum expen03 3 Note: Figures for „Existing Commercial‟ and „Healthcare‟ building types reflect energy use instead of energy cost, since the LEED EBOM and LEED HC systems award energy use reduction as opposed to energy cost reduction. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 8
  • 10. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 3.0 ASSESSMENT TABLES 3.1 LEED 2009 FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR RENOVATIONS (USGBC) Table 3: Legend Power in LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations LEED 2009 NC Total Relevant Benefit of Legend Power Product Potential Available Legend Points Power Point Contribution EAp2: Minimum (required) By maximizing voltage optimization and No Points Energy improving power quality, Legend Power‟s Available Performance Harmonizer-AVR reduces a building‟s energy (NPA) consumption and peak demand, thus contributing towards meeting minimum energy performance improvements of: OPTION 1: 10% for new buildings or 5% for major renovations relative to the baseline building performance (ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007), or OPTION 2: ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for small office buildings/retail buildings/warehouses and self storage, or OPTION 3: Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide developed by the New Buildings Institute. EAc1: Optimize 19 Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR would 3.8 Energy contribute towards reducing energy Performance consumption and peak demand, and would earn credit based on the percentage reduction in energy costs of the proposed building compared to the baseline building (built to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007), as outlined in OPTION 1 – Whole Building Energy Simulation. Assuming Legend Power can contribute a maximum overall energy savings of 7.5% for a typical new commercial building (see Section 2.0), a potential contribution of 3.8 points can directly be earned (see Appendix A-Table A.1), so long as minimum energy performance requirements for EAp2 were met through other means. Total: 19 Of the 19 total LEED 2009 NC points which 3.8 Legend Power contributes towards, it could directly take credit for up to 3.8 points in a typical commercial building. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 9
  • 11. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 Based on the data shown in Table 3 above, Legend Power may confidently claim that it makes a valuable contribution towards the available and related 19 points in the LEED 2009 NC rating system, and further that it could directly contribute up to 3.8 points for a typical new commercial building. It should be noted that the eligibility of Legend Power in directly contributing points in LEED is significantly influenced by the following building characteristics: Proportion of the building‟s energy costs attributed to electricity; Proximity of building to nearest substation, and corresponding voltage supply; Building‟s electricity end-use profile (i.e. lighting type, number of motors, etc.). Furthermore, the Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR represents technology that, to the author‟s knowledge, is not able to be modeled in current building energy simulation programs. Therefore, to contribute points for a given LEED project, the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007 G2.5 would have to be employed. This method requires submitting documentation of energy saving, including: Assumptions made for both the baseline and proposed design; Theoretical or empirical information supporting these assumptions; Specific energy cost savings achieved based on the exceptional calculation. It is anticipated that the approach taken to comply with this calculation method will require at the very least documentation from Legend Power‟s initial Measurement and Verification auditing procedure for the given building, in addition to third-party verification. It is recommended that Legend Power more precisely determine the points their Harmonizer-AVR would earn for different building scenarios and keep an appropriately comprehensive set of case studies available for sales staff to reference as and when appropriate. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 10
  • 12. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 3.2 LEED 2009 FOR SCHOOLS: NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR RENOVATION (USGBC) Table 4: Legend Power in LEED 2009 NCS LEED 2009 Total Relevant Benefit of Legend Power Product Potential NCS Available Legend Points Power Point Contribution EAp2: Minimum (required) By maximizing voltage optimization and No Points Energy improving power quality, Legend Power‟s Available Performance Harmonizer-AVR can reduce a building‟s (NPA) energy consumption and peak demand, contributing towards meeting minimum energy performance improvements of: OPTION 1: 10% for new buildings or 5% for major renovations relative to the baseline building performance (ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007), or OPTION 2: ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings, or OPTION 3: Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide developed by the New Buildings Institute. EAc1: Optimize 19 Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR would 3.1 Energy contribute towards reducing energy Performance consumption and peak demand, and would earn credit based on the percentage reduction in energy costs of the proposed building compared to the baseline building (built to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007), as outlined in OPTION 1 – Whole Building Energy Simulation. Assuming Legend Power can contribute a maximum overall energy cost savings of 6.1% for a typical school building (see Section 2.0), a potential contribution of 3.1 points can directly be earned (see Appendix A-Table A.1), so long as the minimum energy performance requirements for EAp2 were met through other means. Total: 19 Of the 19 total LEED 2009 NCS points which 3.1 Legend Power contributes towards, it would directly take credit for up to 3.1 points in a typical school building. Based on the data shown in Table 4 above, Legend Power may confidently claim that it makes a valuable contribution towards the available and related 19 points in the LEED 2009 NCS ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 11
  • 13. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 rating system, and further that it could directly contribute up to 3.1 points for a typical school building. As discussed in Section 3.1, Legend Power‟s eligibility in directly contributing points in LEED depends on numerous building characteristics, and requires the submission of verification documentation as outlined in the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007, G2.5. It is recommended that case studies be performed under different project scenarios and made available to sales personnel. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 12
  • 14. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 3.3 LEED 2009 FOR RETAIL: NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR RENOVATION (USGBC) Table 5: Legend Power in LEED 2009 NCR LEED 2009 Total Relevant Benefit of Legend Power Product Potential NCR Available Legend Points Power Point Contribution EAp2: Minimum (required) By maximizing voltage optimization and No Points Energy improving power quality, Legend Power‟s Available Performance Harmonizer-AVR can reduce a building‟s (NPA) energy consumption and peak demand, contributing towards meeting minimum energy performance improvements of: OPTION 1: 10% for new buildings or 5% for major renovations relative to the baseline building performance (ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007), or OPTION 2: ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Retail Buildings, or OPTION 3: Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide developed by the New Buildings Institute. EAc1: Optimize 19 Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR would 3.9 Energy contribute towards reducing energy Performance consumption and peak demand, and would earn credit based on the percentage reduction in energy costs of the proposed building compared to the baseline building (built to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007), as outlined in OPTION 1 – Whole Building Energy Simulation. Assuming Legend Power can contribute a maximum overall energy cost savings of 7.7% for a typical retail building (see Section 2.0), a potential contribution of 3.9 points can directly be earned (see Appendix A-Table A.1), so long as the minimum energy performance requirements for EAp2 were met through other means. Total: 19 Of the 19 total LEED 2009 NCR points which 3.9 Legend Power contributes towards, it could directly take credit for up to 3.9 points in a typical retail building. Based on the data shown in Table 5 above, Legend Power may confidently claim that it makes a valuable contribution towards the available and related 24 points in the LEED 2009 NCR ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 13
  • 15. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 rating system, and further that it could directly contribute up to 3.9 points for a typical retail building. As discussed in Section 3.1, Legend Power‟s eligibility in directly contributing points in LEED depends on numerous building characteristics, and requires the submission of verification documentation as outlined in the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007, G2.5. It is recommended that case studies be performed under different project scenarios and made available to sales personnel. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 14
  • 16. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 3.4 LEED 2009 CANADA-NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR RENOVATIONS (CAGBC) Table 6: Legend Power in LEED 2009 Canada-NC LEED 2009 Total Relevant Benefit of Legend Power Product Potential Canada- NC Available Legend Points Power Point Contribution EAp2: Minimum (required) By maximizing voltage optimization and No Points Energy improving power quality, Legend Power‟s Available Performance Harmonizer-AVR can reduce a building‟s (NPA) energy consumption and peak demand, contributing towards meeting minimum energy performance improvements of: OPTION 1: reduce design energy consumption by 25% (new buildings) or 10% (existing building) relative to consumption of the reference building designed to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings 1997 (MNECB), or OPTION2: reduce design energy cost by 18% (new building) or meet equivalent energy performance (existing buildings) relative to reference building designed to ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2007 (without amendments) EAc1: Optimize 19 Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR would 3.8 Energy contribute towards reducing energy Performance consumption and peak demand, and would earn credit based on the percentage reduction in energy costs of the proposed building compared to the baseline building (built to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 or MNECB 1997), as outlined in OPTION 1 – Whole Building Energy Simulation. Assuming Legend Power can contribute a maximum overall energy cost savings of 3.8% for a typical commercial building (see Section 2.0), a potential contribution of 5.0 points can directly be earned (see Appendix A-Table A.1), so long as the minimum energy performance requirements for EAp2 were met through other means. Total: 19 Of the 19 total LEED 2009 Canada-NC points 3.8 which Legend Power contributes towards, it could directly take credit for up to 3.8 points in a typical commercial building. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 15
  • 17. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 Based on the data shown in Table 6 above, Legend Power may confidently claim that its Harmonizer-AVR product makes valuable contributions towards the available and related 19 points in the LEED 2009 Canada-NC rating system, and further that it could directly contribute up to 3.8 points for a typical commercial building. As discussed in Section 3.1, Legend Power‟s eligibility in directly contributing points in LEED depends on numerous building characteristics, and requires the submission of verification documentation as outlined in the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007, G2.5. It is recommended that case studies be performed under different project scenarios and made available to sales personnel. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 16
  • 18. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 3.5 LEED 2009 FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS: OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE (USGBC) Table 7: Legend Power in LEED 2009 Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance LEED 2009 Total Relevant Benefit of Legend Power Product Potential EB:O&M Available Legend Credit Points Power Point Contribution EAp2: Minimum (required) By maximizing voltage optimization and No Points Energy improving power quality, Legend Power‟s Available Efficiency Harmonizer-AVR can reduce a building‟s (NPA) Performance energy consumption and peak demand, contributing towards a building achieving an energy performance rating of ≥69 through the EPA‟s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, or demonstrating an increase in energy efficiency of ≥19% versus the national average for similar building types. EAc1: Optimize 18 Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR would 4.6 Energy contribute towards reducing energy Efficiency consumption and peak demand, and would Performance earn credit based on the percentage reduction in energy use ≥21% versus the national median4, as outlined in CASE 2- OPTION 1. Assuming Legend Power can contribute a maximum overall reduction in energy use of 6.9% for a typical existing commercial building (see Section 2.0), a potential contribution of 4.6 points can directly be earned (see Appendix A- Table A.2), so long as the minimum energy performance requirements for EAp2 were met through other means. Total: 18 Of the 18 total LEED 2009 EB:O&M points 4.6 which Legend Power contributes towards, it could directly take credit for up to 4.6 points in a typical existing commercial building. Based on the data shown in Table 7 above, Legend Power may confidently claim that its Harmonizer-AVR makes valuable contributions towards the available and related 18 points in the LEED 2009 EB:O&M rating system, and further that it may directly contribute up to 4.6 points for a typical existing commercial building. As in Section 3.1, Legend Power‟s eligibility in directly contributing points in LEED depends on numerous factors, and requires the submission of energy savings verification documentation as outlined in the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007, G2.5. It is recommended that case studies be performed under different project scenarios and made available to sales personnel. 4 As listed in the source energy data provided by the EPA‟s Energy Star Portfolio Manager, accessed on 2010/05/13 @: www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=evaluate_performance.bus_portfoliomanager ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 17
  • 19. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 3.6 LEED 2009 CANADA-EXISTING BUILDINGS: OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE (CAGBC) Table 8: Legend Power in LEED 2009 Canada-Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance LEED 2009 Total Relevant Benefit of Legend Power Product Potential Canada- Available Legend EB:O&M Points Power Point Credit Contribution EAp2: Minimum (required) By maximizing voltage optimization and No Points Energy improving power quality, Legend Power‟s Available Efficiency Harmonizer-AVR can reduce a building‟s (NPA) Performance energy consumption and peak demand, contributing towards a building achieving an energy performance rating of ≥69 through the EPA‟s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, or demonstrating an increase in energy efficiency of ≥19% versus the national average for similar building types. EAc1.2: 18 Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR would 4.6 Optimizing contribute towards reducing energy Energy consumption and peak demand, and would Performance earn credit based on the percentage reduction in energy use ≥21% versus the national median5, as outlined in OPTION B. Assuming Legend Power can contribute a maximum overall reduction in energy use of 6.9% for a typical existing commercial building (see Section 2.0), a potential contribution of 4.6 points can directly be earned (see Appendix A- Table A.2), so long as the minimum energy performance requirements for EAp2 were met through other means. Total: 18 Of the 18 total LEED 2009 Canada-EB: O&M 4.6 points which Legend Power contributes towards, it could directly take credit for up to 4.6 points in a typical existing commercial building. Based on the data shown in Table 8 above, Legend Power may confidently claim that its Harmonizer-AVR makes valuable contributions towards the available and related 18 points in the LEED 2009 Canada-EB:O&M rating system, and further that it may directly contribute up to 6.1 points for a typical existing commercial building. As in Section 3.1, Legend Power‟s eligibility in directly contributing points in LEED depends on numerous factors, and requires the submission of verification documentation as outlined in the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007, G2.5. It is recommended that case studies be performed under different project scenarios and made available to sales personnel. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 18
  • 20. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 3.7 LEED 2009 CORE & SHELL (USGBC) Table 9: Legend Power in LEED 2009 for Core and Shell LEED 2009 CS Total Relevant Benefit of Legend Power Product Potential Credit Available Legend Points Power Point Contribution EAp2: Minimum (required) By maximizing voltage optimization and No Points Energy improving power quality, Legend Power‟s Available Performance Harmonizer-AVR can reduce a building‟s (NPA) energy consumption and peak demand, contributing towards meeting minimum energy performance improvements of: OPTION 1: 10% for new buildings or 5% for major renovations relative to the baseline building performance (ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007), or OPTION 2: ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for small office buildings/retail buildings/warehouses and self storage or OPTION 3: Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide developed by the New Buildings Institute. EAc1: Optimize 21 Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR would 3.8 Energy contribute towards reducing energy Performance consumption and peak demand, and would earn credit based on the percentage reduction in energy costs of the proposed building compared to the baseline building (built to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007), as outlined in OPTION 1 – Whole Building Energy Simulation. Assuming Legend Power can contribute a maximum overall energy cost savings of 7.5% for a typical commercial building (see Section 2.0), a potential contribution of 3.8 points can directly be earned (see Appendix A-Table A.3), so long as the minimum energy performance requirements for EAp2 were met through other means. Total: 21 Of the 21 total LEED 2009 CS points which 3.8 Legend Power contributes towards, it could directly take credit for up to 3.8 points in a typical residential building. 5 As listed in the source energy data provided by the EPA‟s Energy Star Portfolio Manager, accessed on 2010/05/13 @: www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=evaluate_performance.bus_portfoliomanager ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 19
  • 21. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 Based on the data shown in Table 9 above, Legend Power may confidently claim that its Harmonizer-AVR makes valuable contributions towards the available and related 21 points in the LEED 2009 CS (USGBC) rating system, and further that it may directly contribute up to 3.8 points for a typical commercial building. As in Section 3.1, Legend Power‟s eligibility in directly contributing points in LEED depends on numerous factors, and requires the submission of verification documentation as outlined in the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007, G2.5. It is recommended that case studies be performed under different project scenarios and made available to sales personnel. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 20
  • 22. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 3.8 LEED 2009 CANADA-CORE & SHELL (CAGBC) Table 10: Legend Power in LEED 2009 Canada for Core and Shell LEED 2009 Total Relevant Benefit of Legend Power Product Potential Canada-CS Available Legend Credit Points Power Point Contribution EAp2: Minimum (required) By maximizing voltage optimization and No Points Energy improving power quality, Legend Power‟s Available Performance Harmonizer-AVR can reduce a building‟s (NPA) energy consumption and peak demand, contributing towards meeting minimum energy performance improvements of: OPTION 1: 10% for new buildings or 5% for major renovations relative to the baseline building performance (ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007), or OPTION 2: ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for small office buildings/retail buildings/warehouses and self storage or OPTION 3: Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide developed by the New Buildings Institute. EAc1: Optimize 21 Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR would 3.8 Energy contribute towards reducing energy Performance consumption and peak demand, and would earn credit based on the percentage reduction in energy costs of the proposed building compared to the baseline building (built to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 or MNECB 2007), as outlined in OPTION 1 – Whole Building Energy Simulation. Assuming Legend Power can contribute a maximum overall energy cost savings of 7.5% for a typical commercial building (see Section 2.0), a potential contribution of 3.8 points can directly be earned (see Appendix A-Table A.3), so long as the minimum energy performance requirements for EAp2 were met through other means. Total: 21 Of the 21 total LEED 2009 Canada-CS points 3.8 which Legend Power contributes towards, it could directly take credit for up to 3.8 points in a typical commercial building. Based on the data shown in Table 9 above, Legend Power may confidently claim that its Harmonizer-AVR makes valuable contributions towards the available and related 21 points in ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 21
  • 23. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 the LEED 2009 Canada-CS (CaGBC) rating system, and further that it may directly contribute up to 3.8 points for a typical commercial building. As in Section 3.1, Legend Power‟s eligibility in directly contributing points in LEED depends on numerous factors, and requires the submission of verification documentation as outlined in the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007, G2.5. It is recommended that case studies be performed under different project scenarios and made available to sales personnel. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 22
  • 24. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 3.9 LEED FOR HEALTHCARE (USGBC) Table 11: Legend Power in LEED for Healthcare LEED HC Total Relevant Benefit of Legend Power Product Potential Credit Available Legend Points Power Point Contribution FMp2: (required) By maximizing voltage optimization and No Points Minimum improving power quality, Legend Power‟s Available Building Energy Harmonizer-AVR can reduce a building‟s (NPA) Efficiency energy consumption and peak demand, Performance contributing towards meeting minimum energy performance improvements of: OPTION 1: Scoring of 69 using the EPA Energy Star® Portfolio Manager Benchmarking tool or demonstrating an EUI of 19% above industry average in kBtu/ft2/year. OPTION 2: Facilities with Energy Star score below 69 (or EUI <19%) shall improve energy performance by 7% per year on average over the improvement period until achieving Option 1 criteria. FM1: 15 Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR would 3.1 Optimizing contribute towards reducing energy Energy consumption and peak demand, and would Efficiency earn credit based on the EPA Energy Star® Performance score or % reduction in Energy Use Intensity (EUI) relative to buildings of similar type6. Assuming Legend Power can contribute a maximum overall reduction in energy use of 6.2% for a typical healthcare building (see Section 2.0), a potential contribution of 3.1 points can directly be earned (see Appendix A- Table A.4), so long as the minimum energy performance requirements for FMp2 were met through other means. Total: 15 Of the 15 total LEED for Healthcare points 3.1 which Legend Power contributes towards, it could directly take credit for up to 3.1 points in a typical healthcare building. Based on the data shown in Table 11 above, Legend Power may confidently claim that its Harmonizer-AVR makes valuable contributions towards the available and related 15 points in 6 As listed in the source energy data provided by the EPA‟s Energy Star Portfolio Manager, accessed on 2010/05/13 @: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/business/tools_resources/new_bldg_design/2003_CBECSPerformanceTarg etsTable.pdf ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 23
  • 25. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 the LEED for Healthcare (USGBC) rating system, and further that it may directly contribute up to 3.1 points for a typical healthcare building. As in Section 3.1, Legend Power‟s eligibility in directly contributing points in LEED depends on numerous factors, and requires the submission of verification documentation as outlined in the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007, G2.5. It is recommended that case studies be performed under different project scenarios and made available to sales personnel. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 24
  • 26. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 4.0 ADDITIONAL MARKETABLE ENVIRONMENTAL ATTRIBUTES Noting that the above rating systems award buildings, and not products, there are often significant and meaningful benefits offered by product suppliers which are noteworthy, but which cannot earn points in these building rating systems. In addition to the contributions made in the above green rating systems, the following attributes of Legend Power‟s Harmonizer-AVR have noteworthy environmental benefit and should be promoted: Offers life extension benefits for building equipment by regulating voltage and thus reducing operating temperatures. This can significantly increase the lifespan of power and lighting equipment, thus reducing maintenance costs and waste. 10-14% reduction in utilities peak demand7, therefore increasing capacity within existing generation and distribution infrastructure It is recommended that these benefits be expressed as the legitimate benefits they are, and communicated in targeted and appropriate ways, alongside the benefits referenced to the specific rating systems above. 7 The Electrical Harmonizer-AVR, Legend Power Systems Inc. – Product Brochure, accessed online 2010/05/12 @: http://www.legendpower.com/downloads/LPSI-ProductBrochure.pdf ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 25
  • 27. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 5.0 CONCLUSIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS The various LEED rating systems recognize top industry leadership in building design and construction. Regardless of the type of building constructed, Legend Power will contribute positively towards a more sustainable built environment, and it is recognized in the various LEED rating systems. A performance summary of the Legend Power in the various LEED programs outlined in this report is shown below in Table 12. Table 12: Legend Power LEED Performance Summary LEED Point Threshold Legend Legend Power LEED Rating System Power Max. Direct Pt. Certified Silver Gold Platinum Related Pts Contribution 2009 NC 19 4 2009 NC Schools 19 3 2009 NC Retail 19 4 2009 Canada-NC 19 4 2009 EBOM 40 - 49 50 - 59 60 - 79 ≥80 18 5 2009 Canada-EBOM 18 5 2009 Core & Shell 21 4 2009 Canada-Core 21 4 &Shell 2008 Healthcare No point thresholds; benchmarking system 15 3 It should be noted that the eligibility of Legend Power in directly contributing points in LEED is significantly influenced several factors including the proportion of a building‟s energy use comprised of electricity, the building‟s proximity to the nearest substation and resulting voltage supply, and the profile of a building‟s electricity end-uses (i.e. lighting type, number of motors, etc.). Furthermore, to contribute points in LEED for a given project, appropriate documentation in accordance with the exceptional calculation method in ASHRAE 90.1-2007 G2.5 would have to be submitted, including assumptions made for both baseline and proposed design, theoretical or empirical information supporting these assumptions, and specific energy cost savings achieved. It is recommended that Legend Power more precisely determine the points their Harmonizer-AVR would earn for different building scenarios and keep an appropriately comprehensive set of case studies available for sales staff to reference as and when appropriate. Because of the relationship Mindscape enjoys with www.OntarioGreenSpec.ca, we have added your product into their listing database online under the category "Energy & Atmosphere" / "Power Quality". For additional membership benefits and promotional opportunities at www.OntarioGreenSpec.ca, please refer to www.ontariogreenspec.ca/membership_rates_benefits. You may wish to consider promotional opportunities both there and in other online green databases such as www.greenspec.com. ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page 26
  • 28. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 APPENDIX A: ENERGY CREDIT TABLES ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page A-1
  • 29. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 APPENDIX A: Energy Credit Tables Table A.1: LEED 2009 NC, LEED 2009 NCS, LEED 2009 NCR, and LEED 2009 Canada-NC energy cost savings point threshold versus baseline ASHRAE 90.1-2007 ≈ 0.5 pts per 1% energy savings ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page A-1
  • 30. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 APPENDIX A: Energy Credit Tables Table A.2: LEED 2009 EB:O&M and LEED 2009 Canada-EB:O&M energy performance point threshold ≈ 0.67 pts per 1% energy savings Table A.3: LEED 2009 CS and LEED 2009 Canada -CS energy cost savings point threshold versus baseline ASHRAE 90.1-2007 ≈ max 0.5 pts per 1% energy savings ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page A-2
  • 31. Legend Power LEED Performance Assessment May 14, 2010 APPENDIX A: Energy Credit Tables Table A.4: LEED 2008 for Healthcare energy performance point threshold ≈ max 0.5 pts per 1% energy savings ka / rpt_LPS-G1001-001_2010-05-13 MINDSCAPE INNOVATIONS Page A-3