What is LEED?


The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.  

 

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. All certified projects receive a LEED plaque, which is the nationally recognized symbol demonstrating that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work. There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning LEED certification.

 

Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately impact their building’s performance and bottom line, while providing healthy indoor spaces for a building’s occupants.

LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries. International projects, those outside the United States, make up more than 50% of the total LEED registered square footage. LEED unites us in a single global community and provides regional solutions, while recognizing local realities.

 

LEED-CERTIFIED BUILDINGS: 

·   Lower operating costs and increase asset value

·   Reduce waste sent to landfills

·   Conserve energy and water 

·   Healthier and safer for occupants 

·   Reduce harmful green house gas emissions

·   Quality for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives

·   Demonstrate an owner's commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility

·   Promote responsible site selection and contribute to sustainable communities

 

HOW LEED WORKS

For LEED for Homes a project must satisfy all LEED prerequisites and earn a minimum number of credit points in LEED rating system scale.

You can also think of LEED as a scorecard that gives a clear, concise picture of all the ways a green home performs.

Higher-scoring homes within the LEED rating system earn higher certification levels (Certified, Silver, Gold, and the highest level of performance - Platinum)

 

 

WHY LIVE IN LEED CERTIFIED APARTMENTS:

If you're not yet convinced why you should live in LEED certified apartments, consider just these few reasons:

·   Developers of LEED certified apartments create less of an impact on natural resources than those developing traditional apartment homes

·   A demand for LEED apartments encourages other developers to pursue LEED certification

·   When an apartment is third party certified, you know that strict standards are being met

·   By living in a LEED certified apartment, you’re helping to sustain the environment

·   The indoor air quality is better in LEED certified apartments; you can breathe easier and feel healthier

·   LEED apartments require less energy and water usage, an environmental and economical benefit

·   LEED apartments often offer onsite recycling, bike racks, and other incentives that make it convenient for residents to live an eco friendly lifestyle

 

WHY AM I FAMILIAR WITH LEED?

Chances are you have been in a number of LEED certified buildings already!

·   Over 1 billion square feet of LEED certified space, over 7 billion in the pipeline.

·   Over 1 million square feet of new LEED space certified every day.

·   Over 2,000 schools are LEED or under construction.

·   Many State and Federal buildings are required to be built to LEED standards

·   Starbucks: committed to LEED for all new stores.

·   Other businesses committing to LEED: Bank of America, PNC Bank, Best Buy, Target, Marriott.

·   Over 22,000 homes have been LEED certified, with another 82,000 registered for certification.

·   Over 400 Habitat for Humanity LEED homes