The future of green certification is now ahead of the curve. Thanks to the USGBC’s revisions in its newest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system, LEED® v3 or LEED® version 3 is up and running and should expedite and simplify the stalwart third party sustainable rating system.USGBC may not have been fully prepared for the global acceptance of its third party rating system, which is now used by government, government agencies and international bodies to evaluate sustainability. The certification has become recognized as a viable base for financial and government-backed incentive programs.
If you want to get into green building, you’ll have to follow specific rules and regulations set out by your certifying body. One of the most respected programs with a set of green building standards is the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® program. This blog begins a six-part series on LEED® certification.What is LEED®?Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED®, is a voluntary, consensus-based program created by the U.S. Green Building Council as a rating tool for green building design and construction. The LEED® Green Building Rating System is there to provide immediate and measurable results.All LEED® -certified buildings have environmental and financial benefits from following the LEED creed:• Lower operating costs/ higher value• Less waste output• Energy and water conservation• Healthier and safer for occupants• Lower greenhouse gas emissions• Tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives* Eligibility – LEED® has nine sets of rules/regulations. Requirements for certification depend on the type of building. Before […]
With sustainable green building such a big thing, many building contractors are starting to see the financial possibilities. However, building green only goes so far without proof that industry standards were followed. For that, we have the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System.LEED® Rating SystemsWhen it comes to green building industry standards, one size does not “fit all”. Different situations call for different standards, practices and rating systems. LEED® rating systems fall under nine areas:1. New Construction – for projects such as complexes, high-rises, manufacturing plants, etc.2. Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance – for owners and operators of existing buildings who want to maximize efficiency and minimize environmental impact3. Commercial Interiors – for the tenant improvement market; high-performance green interiors in the work place4. Core and Shell – for designers, new building owners, developers and builders in new core and shell construction, such as structure and HVAC system5. Schools – […]