Published on: 9/21/2018
LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most common green building rating system used in the world. The mission behind LEED is to inspire project teams to seek innovative solutions that support public health and our environment, while saving building owners money over a project’s life cycle.
When pursuing a LEED certification, a project will earn points in several different categories. These points will earn the project one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
There are certain requirements that a construction company must meet to have a new building LEED certified, which requires extensive planning. The team must sit down and go through every aspect of the project and determine where sustainable options can be included, and must look at the materials being used, the approach being taken, as well as evaluate the total building water use to secure water efficiency. By pursuing sustainable options in each of these categories, the project will earn points, earning them one of the LEED ratings stated above.
LEED works for all building types anywhere and is currently in over 165 countries and territories. LEED is becoming more popular due to the fact that these buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste and support human health. LEED buildings also attract tenants, cost less to operate and boost employee productivity and retention.
At SR, creating LEED certified projects is something we look forward to doing more in the future. LEED certified projects support the health of those in our community as well as support the health of our environment. We understand that it is critical to take the extra steps to protect the earth and create projects that are not just beautiful and effective, but sustainable as well.
Information courtesy of the U.S. Green Building Council. For more information on LEED, visit new.usgbc.org/leed.