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Wednesday, 10 January 2007

LEED 101

What is LEED?(Short Video) (Thanks to Stephanie Schoel)

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

LEED OnlineLEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:

  • Sustainable site development
  • Water savings
  • Energy efficiency
  • Materials selection
  • Indoor environmental quality.

Who Uses LEED?

  • Architects
  • Real estate professionals
  • Facility managers
  • Engineers,
  • Interior designers
  • Landscape architects
  • Construction managers
  • Lenders
  • Government officials

They all use LEED to help transform the built environment to sustainability.

State and local governments across the country are adopting LEED for public-owned and public-funded buildings

there are LEED initiatives in federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Energy, and State; and LEED projects are in progress in 41 different countries, including Canada, Brazil, Mexico and India.

How is LEED Developed?

LEED Rating Systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees. Each volunteer committee is composed of a diverse group of practitioners and experts representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry.

The key elements of USGBC's consensus process include a balanced and transparent committee structure, technical advisory groups that ensure scientific consistency and rigor, opportunities for stakeholder comment and review, member ballot of new rating systems, and a fair and open appeals process.

LEED Rating Systems

  • New ConstructionLEED for New Construction and Major Renovations is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance commercial and institutional projects.
  • Existing BuildingsLEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance provides a benchmark for building owners and operators to measure operations, improvements and maintenance.
  • Commercial InteriorsLEED for Commercial Interiors is a benchmark for the tenant improvement market that gives the power to make sustainable choices to tenants and designers.
  • Core & ShellLEED for Core & Shell aids designers, builders, developers and new building owners in implementing sustainable design for new core and shell construction.
  • SchoolsLEED for Schools recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools and addresses the specific needs of school spaces.
  • RetailLEED for Retail recognizes the unique nature of retail design and construction projects and addresses the specific needs of retail spaces.
  • HealthcareLEED for Healthcare promotes sustainable planning, design and construction for high-performance healthcare facilities.
  • HomesLEED for Homes promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.
  • Neighborhood DevelopmentLEED for Neighborhood Development integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design.
  • LEED Rating System DraftsReview and comment on proposed final drafts of new and updated LEED Rating Systems.

-See the Full article from the US Green Building Council

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