hat can LEED do for you?
- Lower operating costs and increase asset value
- Conserve energy, water and other resources
- Be healthier and safer for occupants
- Qualify for money-saving incentives, like tax rebates and zoning allowances
Marika Erdely, Founder and CEO, of Green EconoME has been a LEED AP BD+C since March 2009. As a LEED Accredited Professional (AP), BD + C (New Construction and Major Renovation), she is able to LEED certify any of the following building types:
- Commercial Interiors
- Core and Shell Development
- Existing Building, Operations & Maintenance (EBOM)
- Neighborhood Development
- New Construction and Major Renovation
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, means that buildings are built or modified to a certain sustainable criteria. LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies.
At its core, LEED is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and then must earn credits to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for the project. Learn more About LEED and about the LEED rating systems. http://www.usgbc.org/leed
A building may be able to earn credits by meeting certain criteria within these categories:
- Sustainable sites: minimizes the impact on the surround ecosystems and water resources.
- Water efficiency: promotes smarter use of water, inside and out, to reduce portable water consumption.
- Energy & atmosphere: promotes better energy performance of the building.
- Materials and resources: encourages the use of sustainable and recyclable building materials and reducing construction waste.
- Indoor environmental quality: promotes better indoor air quality and improved thermal comfort and access to daylighting.
Two bonus categories include:
- Innovation in design or innovation in operations: address sustainable building expertise as well as design measures not covered under the five LEED credit categories.
- Regional priority credits address regional environmental priorities for buildings in different geographic regions.