Environmental-friendliness is a concept that a lot of consumers and businesses are taking into consideration when building their properties.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an internationally recognized standard for new and old buildings that holds these properties to certain green standards. It has a certification process that is used for all types of buildings.
The standards were first created in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council, also known as USGBC. Their guidelines are voluntary for developing buildings that are sustainable. These guidelines are commonly used for the construction of healthcare facilities, hotels, schools, homes and in some cases entire neighborhoods.
There are various certificate requirements for building new construction that are being designed within green standards, as well as for pre-existing buildings that will be implementing green practices through the process of renovations. When a new or existing property is being built or renovated to meet LEED standards, it has to comply with a comprehensive list of requirements, as well as to go through a thorough third-party commissioning process in order to determine whether the building indeed meets the environmental goals and is performing as it was designed to.
New buildings receive either a silver, gold or platinum LEED certificate, depending on the amount of pointed awarded in the five categories that it is assessed for. These five categories include:
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Sustainable site development
- Indoor environmental quality
- Materials and resources
Buildings that already exist are judged by their ability to maximize efficiency of operations, while making little impact on the environment. The following categories are used for the certification point system:
- Water and energy use
- Sustainable purchasing policies
- Exterior building site maintenance programs
- Waste stream management
- Environmentally preferred products and practices for cleaning
Professionals who are determined to build and renovate properties within the standards of LEED study and take a series exams to become accredited for their knowledge of LEED’s rating system. Once certified, they are given the title LEED Accredited Professional or an LEED Green Associate.
To learn more about LEED certifications or green building practices for your building, contact Douglass Colony Group today at 303-288-2635. If you are interested in making your office building or home as eco-friendly as possible, you need to think about the importance of garage door maintenance. As the biggest opening in most buildings, a malfunctioning garage door can send utility bills skyrocketing and counteract green building practices. For those in the Denver area, consider Littleton Garage Door Service for your needs for garage door repair.