What is LEED?
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.
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.
· Lower operating costs and increase
· Reduce waste sent to landfills
· Conserve energy and water
· Healthier and safer for
· Reduce harmful green house gas
· Quality for tax rebates, zoning
allowances and other incentives
· Demonstrate an owner's commitment
to environmental stewardship and social responsibility
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.
also think of LEED as a scorecard that gives a clear, concise picture of all
the ways a green home performs.
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
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