|What is LEED®?|
|Thursday, 11 March 2010 11:39|
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, operation and performance of commercial buildings as well as homes. It was developed almost ten years ago by the United States Green Building Council ( www.usgbc.org )and is rapidly becoming the Green Building Rating system that many progressive US government municipalities from state to local level, as well as international, are requiring their buildings to be built to these exacting sustainable standards that reduce site disturbance, and energy and water consumption while using local and sustainable building practices and no-toxic materials, creating a healthy indoor and outdoor environment for all.
Did you know?
The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health and productivity. According to the USGBC, in the United States alone, buildings account for:
· 36% of total energy use/65% of electricity consumption
· 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
· 30% of raw materials use
· 30% of waste output/136 million tons annually
. 12% of potable water consumption
If you are looking to design, build or renovate and want to go green and save money make sure to find a qualified LEED AP to help you through the process properly. The AP part stands for Accredited Professional by the USGBC. In order to become a LEED AP a designer has to pass rigorous study, real work practices and extremely difficult tests to become a qualified United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, (LEED AP).
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 August 2010 14:41|