The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification continues to be the leading benchmark for energy-efficient, green building design. Why? LEED provides businesses and homeowners alike with an independent verification of the efficacy of features claimed to have a positive environmental impact in everything from design and construction to operations and maintenance.
LEED Certification: What’s the Point?
What is LEED Certification?
The USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) created the LEED certification in the effort help individuals and businesses attain more environmentally friendly and sustainable building standards. With the knowledge that 38% of the world’s CO2 emissions come from U.S. buildings, the USGBC wanted to find a way to make it easier to construct and maintain greener buildings through the development of a green building rating system. As a result, the USGBCprovides voluntary construction to help develop more sustainable buildings with an efficient energy performance. Today, LEED-certified projects have helped divert more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, and LEED Gold buildings generate 34% lower greenhouse gas emissions than other buildings.
Why Should You Get LEED Certified?
A LEED certification can help your business reduce energy use and become more efficient in operations. Estimates predict that LEED-certified buildings will save as much as $1.2 billion in energy costs from 2015 to 2018. Building by LEED standards also helps create a more healthy environment for your business by replacing harmful chemicals with clean air and better access to natural light. Beyond environmental and health advantages, a LEED certification can also help make your business more profitable. Not only are LEED-approved features cost efficient, but they also attract great publicity and, as a result, more money to your business. In fact, 61% of corporate leaders report the experience that sustainable features lead to improved financial performance.
Steps to Making a Building LEED Certified
For any building to become LEED certified, it must meet certain design and maintenance standards that are designed to reduce environmental impact and increase energy efficiency. That means the building must have an efficient use of resources like water and energy. Basic standards commercial buildings must meet include:
- Compliance with environmental laws
- Building designed for permanent site
- Meet energy-efficiency standards
- Use approved materials and resources
- Innovation in design
- Indoor environmental quality
The USGBC rates buildings in a variety of areas and gives out points for each and then assigns a certification level based on those ratings. The LEED rankings beyond the basic LEED certification also include Platinum, Gold and Silver certification levels for buildings that go above and beyond the basic certification requirements.
The Halcyon Shades Commitment to LEED Certification
At Halcyon Shades, we are committed to helping our clients attain a LEED certification with our energy-efficient window shades. Our shades could help your building gain up to nine LEED points — contact us today to get started.