Be true to your LEED commitment. You will be glad you did. LEED certified buildings are running higher occupancy rates than non-LEED certified buildings. Even in the recession, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rated buildings are selling and selling at higher prices than non-LEED certified buildings.
The West Brazos Junior High School was LEED® certified on June 30th, 2007. Built at a very reasonable cost of $109 per square foot and based upon a variety of conscientious green construction decisions, the school scored 27 points in the LEED® rating program.Certain components of the school, like the computer labs, the faculty lounge and the fitness center were forced to be located in areas without a view of the outdoors. However, more than 90% of the remaining space captures the expansive view and vistas as well as enjoy natural daylighting. The school’s green concept team subscribed to data suggesting that students benefit from improved indoor study and work environments and made a conscious effort to link the school to the environment. Wherever practical, clerestories were installed to increase daylight.The administration has been rewarded. Upon moving into the school, in the fall of 2006, average student standardized test results have improved by four points […]
In 2005, The Untied Nations’ World Summit released a pointed report detailing the global community’s view of sustainability. Among several important points, three statements gave purpose and definition to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) movement.