Green Building Credits

Going green? Big Ass Fans® and Big Ass® Light LEDs can help. These incredibly efficient products contribute to earning points in a variety of green ratings systems, including LEED, Living Building Challenge and Green Globes.

Below are some of the credits to which our products contribute. We’ve provided layman’s translations of each credit to get you started. Looking for more detail? Drop our design specialists a line here.


Translation: Design buildings that don’t make the planet sad!

LEED Platinum
Berea College Deep Green Residence Hall

LEED Platinum
Rice Fergus Miller

LEED Silver
Fred and Sara Machetanz Elementary School

Energy and Atmosphere Credits

EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance

Translation: Don’t be an energy hog.

EA Credit 2: Optimize Energy Performance (EA Credit 1 in LEED 2009)

Translation: Don’t stop at code minimum—how low can you go?

EA Credit 4: Demand Response (LEED v4 only)

Translation: Don’t be too demanding of the power grid.

EA Credit 6: Enhanced Refrigerant Management (EA Credit 4 in LEED 2009)

Translation: That whole climate change thing? Quit contributing to it.

Indoor Environmental Quality

EQ Prerequisite 1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance

Translation: Fresh air! You need it!

EQ Credit 1: Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies (EQ Credit 2 Increased Ventilation in LEED 2009)

Translation: Dilution is the solution to indoor pollution.

EQ Credit 5: Thermal Comfort (EQ credit 7.1 in LEED 2009)

Translation: Sweating is for gyms. Shivering is for people doing the polar plunge. Let’s go for a happy medium, please.

EQ Credit 6: Interior Lighting (EQ Credit 6.1 in LEED 2009)

Translation: Get your projects out of the dark ages with quality lighting and smart controls.

Innovation in Design

IN Credit 1: Innovation in Design

Translation: Try something new, we double-dog-dare you. Or you can blow away the requirements for another credit—your choice.

Regional Priority Credits

RP Credit: Regional Priority

Translation: Get bonus points based on where you live! Is it really, really hot outside? More points for you.

Please refer to the following links for additional information:

LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations Rating System » (PDF)

The Rating System lists the intent, requirements, and technologies/strategies for each credit.

LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations Checklist » (XLS)

The Checklist helps project teams track their credits against requirements for certification.


Translation: Being green is urgent!

Living Building Certification
Bullitt Center

Health & Happiness Petal: Imperative 08 Healthy Indoor Environment
Complies with ASHRAE Standard 62

Translation: Again with the locking people in closed rooms—give them a fan already!

Energy Petal: Imperative 06 Net Positive Energy
105% of the project’s energy needs must be supplied by on-site renewable energy on a net annual basis

Translation: It’s not what your site can do for you, but what you can do for your site.


Translation: We like green globes and we cannot lie… you other brothas can’t deny…
Section 3.7.1
Comply with ASHRAE Standard 62.1 or equivalent and EZ (the air quality) must be at least 0.9 in all regularly occupied, mechanically-ventilated spaces

Translation: If we have to say one more thing about closed rooms…

Section 3.3 Energy: Path B
Reduce energy compared to reference base building, per ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010, Appendix G

Translation: You’ve seen ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G, surely you can do better than that!