LEED Certification Minimum Requirements The LEED certification process needs to meet at a minimum these requirements: Be in compliance with environmental regulations and standards Must meet the threshold of floor area requirements Meet a minimum of building occupancy in terms of number of users Maintain a reasonable site boundary Be a permanent building Share energy and water usage data Must have a minimum building to site area ratio LEED Certification Credit Categories In order to earn credits to achieve one of the above categories, the project must meet certain criteria and goals within the following categories: Location and transportation - You should take into consideration the location of your project and how it can be combined with the transportation option within the area, in other words how the users of the facility can get in and out of the facility. Materials and Resources- Earn credits by using sustainable and earth-friendly products, while reducing waste promoting better indoor air quality. Water efficiency - The building must be designed in such a way that potable water usage is reduced or resources can be reused, minimizing the needs of water inside the building. Energy and atmosphere - The building must enhance energy performance and promote great indoor air and environmental quality. Sustainable sites - Design the project in such a way that the natural resources and ecosystems nearby can naturally take part of the design minimizing environmental pollution.

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The U. Collectively, the rating systems serve as a roadmap and project management tool to achieve sustainable, high performance green buildings. With 21 different iterations and 4 LEED certification levels, what started as one rating system over 15 years ago for commercial buildings is now uniquely positioned to address virtually any permanent new or existing occupied vertical structure, and neighborhoods.

Whether a project is a new or existing hospital, bank, office, hotel, or school, LEED provides the guidance and launching point for a markedly improved building that can often times cost less than a comparative typical, lesser-performing building. There are two fundamental reasons why projects do not certify: fear of change and the myth that green building costs more.

Consensus is where everyone agrees. As a result of this process, it makes LEED an infinitely better rating system. After authoring a rating system it goes through lengthy in the field piloting and refinement prior to an official launch. Once launched it then is continually updated and improved upon through time. There are ongoing improvements to the rating systems, and since its first launch in , there are three significant release versions. The most recent, LEED v4, becomes the only eligible version for projects registered after October 31, From the one New Construction rating system known as version 2 launched in , to the 21 comprising LEED v4 launched in , LEED raises the bar and rigor of what constitutes a sustainable performance green building.

LEED is the most internationally recognized roadmap to building sustainability. Regardless of the certification level achieved, all projects must meet mandated prerequisites and then choose from available credit points to reach the desired certification level.


What is LEED Certification?

The LEED certification program assesses building design and construction in terms of energy efficiency, water usage, air quality, and choice of building materials as well as environmental factors such as access to public transportation and responsible land use. The LEED certification program is the leading international program for sustainable building design and construction. Attaining LEED certification demonstrates environmentally responsible building practices. A record of LEED-certified projects can help a builder become recognized as a leader in the construction industry. Beyond public relations, LEED certification can carry significant tangible incentives.


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