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What is LEED? 

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a voluntary green building program developed by the United States Green Building Counsel (USGBC).  The LEED program started in 1998 and has gained momentum with the public’s awareness of such issues and terms as: global warming, greenhouse gases, and sustainability. 

LEED takes a holistic approach to buildings and their sites.  LEED addresses such wide ranging factors as alternative transportation, water and energy usage and conservation, environmental issues, indoor air quality, mercury, asbestos and PCB management, storm water and sewage management, recycling, and building cleaning and maintenance services.  Buildings that meet LEED criteria in accordance with the LEED rating system are awarded one of four nationally recognized certification levels.  For new construction, LEED is essentially exercising best practices in design and building operations. 

Complying with LEED often provides significant benefits such as reduced energy usage, an enhanced and healthier workplace environment that translates into increased productivity, compliance with corporate initiatives to go “green,” reduction in a portfolio’s carbon footprint, and marketing enhancements.

The LEED certification process requires meeting certain prerequisites and earning points towards one of four LEED certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.  For existing buildings, an energy audit, retro-commissioning of HVAC systems, water conservation measures, and recycling are typical prerequisites.  Points are generally earned by either physical improvements or implementation of good building operation practices.  Additional points can be awarded based upon location factors as: neighborhood and building density, proximity to public transportation, etc.

For new construction, the LEED certification process commences in the design stage and ends after the building is completed with the improvements certified as complete and in compliance with the submittals uploaded to the USGBC website.  However, there are verification procedures to be followed, which can be both time consuming and costly.  Furthermore, implementing LEED for new construction requires that the development team all be on the same page with clear-cut responsibilities.

LEED certification is not for everyone or for every building.  Once confronted with the costs to go “green,” it is common for one-off private building owners to ponder its efficacy.  Some of the prerequisite improvements could be costly, difficult, or time consuming to implement.  As the benefits of reduced energy costs and reducing a building’s carbon footprint can be realized without LEED certification, we assist owners in determining if pursing LEED certification is commensurate with the investment.

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