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What It Means to Be LEED Certified
December 23, 2015
For a product to be LEED Certified, certain requirements must be met.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, and LEED certification identifies builders and construction projects which exhibit best practices in green building design as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council. For a project to be LEED certified it must meet certain requirements making it energy efficient and more sustainably built.
For those in construction, the benefit to a LEED certification is clear. As the global standard for green construction, LEED shows potential clients or buyers that buildings are created using leading forms of sustainable materials and energy efficiency. Ultimately to buyers this means a lower cost of operation, something that all buyers - whether commercial or residential - are looking for in a building.
Homebuyers may see a LEED certification as an advantage as well. Homebuyers will be concerned with the cost of heating or cooling their new home. A LEED certified home will likely have a lower utility bill, helping make the decision to buy that much easier for the homebuyer. Many homebuyers may not know that the EPA has found that air inside of a home is two to ten times more polluted than outside air - however, LEED certified homes are built to maximize the fresh air and to minimize contact with toxins and pollutants in the air.
Developers may also seek a LEED certification for a neighborhood or other housing development. This type of LEED certification tells potential homebuyers that the new neighborhood is pedestrian and bike friendly - they won’t have to use their cars to go to the grocery store, and getting around by bike or on foot is both safe and easy. Many young families are looking for this type of community and may find the LEED certification an easy way to pick out these areas.
LEED looks at the energy efficiency of a project, the energy efficiency of a project, how the project will affect the people who will ultimately be using the building, as well as the durability of the building. With superior building materials that are created with recycled materials and engineered to be energy efficient, Alternative Energy Construction is built to last. This is also important to LEED - as they state on their website that it takes 80 years to make up the environmental impact of demolishing a building and creating a new one - even when the new building is considered eco-friendly.
When you get a building certified by LEED or built by a LEED certified builder or contractor, you know you’re getting a building that will last, a building that has had minimal impact on the environment, and a building that will be energy and cost efficient to operate. LEED certification isn’t just another certification to add to a list of credentials, but is an important seal of approval from a globally recognized organization focused on creating a sustainable future.