With extensive experience in sustainable construction and the LEED process, Arch-Con can help you determine if LEED is right for your project and which level of certification best suits your project’s goals.
What is LEED? LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. With 10 billion square feet of building space participating in the suite of rating systems and 1.5 million feet certifying per day around the world, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed and operated.
What types of commercial projects can use LEED? LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types and works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout and significant retrofit.
LEED rating systems address the following commercial and institutional projects in these categories:
- New Construction & Major Renovations
- Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
- Core & Shell
- Commercial Interiors
- Retail: New Construction
- Retail: Commercial Interiors
How does LEED work? LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health:
- Sustainable site development
- Water savings
- Energy efficiency
- Materials selection
- Indoor environmental quality
Arch-Con is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit organization focused on changing they way buildings are designed, built and operated through education, advocacy, education and initiatives.
Information sourced from http://www.usgbc.org/press