WHAT IS LEED?
The LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, rating system is a voluntary, national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed LEED to define green building design and to raise awareness of the impact of buildings on the environment.
WHY IS LEED RECOGNITION IMPORTANT FOR BUSINESS OWNERS?
LEED recognition is important for business owners because it offers significant benefits, which include:
"Green Certified" properties have been documented to save natural resources, save energy, and save money.
LEED ENVIRONMENTAL, INC. LEED SERVICES
In conjunction with the construction of the interior of a major retail store within a large shopping mall in Reading, Pennsylvania, the general contractor retained Leed Environmental, Inc. to perform environmental consulting activities to ensure compliance with the USGBC's LEED for Retail Commercial Interiors Pilot Version 1.0. Working with the contractor's on-site manager and employees, subcontractors, and material suppliers, Leed Environmental, Inc. ensured that the proposed building materials were acceptable for use, collected documentation to confirm acceptability, confirmed that acceptable materials were used, and prepared a LEED certification report as part of the retailer's efforts to obtain LEED silver certification. Leed Environmental, Inc. also prepared and assisted in the successful implementation of a Construction Waste Management Plan, a Construction Indoor Air Management Plan, and a Green Housekeeping Plan.
WHAT IS THE LEED RATING SYSTEM?
LEED is a 110 point-based rating system of buildings developed by the USGBC that encourages and rewards the use of green building and energy-efficient building practices in the construction industry. Points are accumulated within the following eight categories that address different areas of a building's environmental performance:
At a minimum, a building must accumulate 40 points to be certified. A building achieves silver certification for 50 to 59 points, gold certification for 60 to 79 points, and platinum certification for 80 or more points.
WHAT IS THE LEED CERTIFICATION PROCESS?
The first step in the LEED certification process is to register the project with the USGBC. A building can earn certification if it can meet all prerequisites and achieve the minimum number of points to meet the certification level. Applications for LEED certification must include registration information, project narrative, LEED project checklist and template, drawings, photographs, and other supporting documentation and information.