What is LEED Certification? This is how it is defined on Wikipedia:
“The LEED Green Building Rating System (LEED) is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. The LEED rating systems address both a wide variety of buildings types, including commercial buildings, homes, neighborhoods, retail, healthcare, and schools, as well as every phase of the building lifecycle including design, construction, operations and maintenance. Projects may earn one of four levels of LEED certification (Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum) by achieving a given number of point-based credits within the rating system.” 1
LEED Certification if done as a point collection exercise is not the main purpose of LEED certification. The integrative approach to the design, engineering and building of the project ensures that the key decisions that effect the outcome of the building are designed and analyzed prior to construction, thereby allowing informed decisions in every phase of the buildings design and its future environmental impact. Independent third party verification ensures that the building is built as designed. Ongoing monitoring tracks the buildings performance.
The phases evaluated are:
- Innovation & Design Process
- Location & Linkages
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Materials & Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Awareness & Education
You and your home will benefit greatly from the integrative team approach which must be used to achieve LEED Certification – it may be the single most important reason to register for LEED Certification. Collaborative design and engineering teamwork with all relevant stakeholders involved early on ensures a better outcome for the owner.
Your home will be more durable (last longer), energy efficient (use less energy & resources to build & operate), sustainable, healthy & comfortable, and require less ongoing maintenance.
As owner you can be very proud of your LEED Certified Home – it represents excellence in sustainable design & construction.
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1 Boeing et al. (2014). “LEED-ND and Livability Revisited”. Berkeley Planning Journal 27: 31–55. Retrieved 2015-04-15.