1) This Sustainable Project Rating Tool (SPiRiT) is derived from The U. S. Green Building Council LEED 2.0
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System .
2) The SPiRiT numbering scheme parallels, but does not match LEED 2.0. LEED does not number major
sections, which it calls `Credit Categories,' ex. 'Sustainable Sites,' rather it numbers criteria or `credits' within each
major section. SPiRiT credit numbers match those of LEED where there is a 1:1 comparison. Where additional
credits have been added they fall at the end of major sections.
The SPiRiT Credits all follow the format: Intent, Requirement and Technologies/Strategies.
Intent: A statement of the primary goal for the credit;
Requirement: Quantifiable conditions necessary to achieve stated intent;
Technologies/Strategies: Suggested technologies, strategies and referenced guidance on the means to
achieve identified requirements.
Projects are evaluated for each SPiRiT credit which are either 'Prerequisites' or result in a point score:
Prerequisites: These credits are a statement of minimum requirements and must be met. No further points
will be awarded unless the minimum is achieved. These credits are recognizable by an 'R' in the number scheme,
ex. 1.R1, and a 'Reqd.' in the score column.
Point Score: These credits are evaluated and result in a point score. Where the potential score is greater
than 1, no partial points are granted.
SPiRiT Sustainable Project Certification Levels:
25 to 34 Points
35 to 49 Points
50 to 74 Points
75 to 100 Points
6) SPiRiT credits have been developed to address facility life cycle phases including programming, design,
construction, and commissioning. Additional rating tools will be developed to address installation/base master
planning and facilities operations and maintenance, rehabilitation, recycling, and disposal.
POC for U. S. Army Corps of Engineers:
POC for U. S. Army Installations:
Mr. Harry Goradia
Mr. John Scharl
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
U. S. Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation
Management, Directorate of Facilities & Housing
441 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20314
7701 Telegraph Road, Bldg #2594 (Room 146B),
Phone (202) 761-7170, FAX (202) 761-0633
Alexandria, VA 22315-3800
Phone (703) 428-7614, FAX (703) 428-0197
Sustainable Project Rating Tool (SPiRiT) Authors are:
Stephen N. Flanders (Lead), U. S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center (ERDC-CRREL)
Richard L. Schneider, U. S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center (ERDC-CERL)
Donald Fournier, U. S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center (ERDC-CERL)
Annette Stumpf, U. S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center (ERDC-CERL)
9) Army/USACE employees are members of the USGBC with membership privileges accessible via the USGBC
web site, http://www.usgbc.org. For information on membership and access to available LEED resources to
support use of SPiRiT and sustainable design in your projects, contact Richard Schneider at (217) 373-6752 or
firstname.lastname@example.org (Annette Stumpf at (217) 352-6511 ext. 7542 or
10) For the latest information on SPiRiT and for access to guidance, tools and resources supporting sustainable
design initiatives, visit the CERL `Sustainable Design and Development Resource' website,
http://www.cecer.army.mil/SustDesign. There you may also join the CERL Sustainable Design ListServ to be
directly notified of information pertinent to sustainable design.
Sustainable Project Rating Tool (SPiRiT) v.1.4.1