“How much would you expect a LEED Silver-certified office building to save on utilities compared to its non-LEED peers? The answer is $.50-$.75/sf/year. And what is the cost of designing and constructing to that level? We have done it for less than 1% of total construction costs. With the right team in place, the cost should be no more than this! The savings go on for years and increase the value of the building!”
-W. Gaines Bagby, First Vice President, CBRE, Inc.
What is Green Building?
Green building, also referred to as sustainable or high-performance building, is the practice of creating structures through processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. Green building focuses on reducing the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by utilizing strategies that target more efficient use of natural and renewable resources, reduce waste, pollution and environmental degradation and protect occupant health and productivity.
LEED Green Building Rating Systems
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system that provides third party verification of green building. It provides a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building practices, providing owners and operators the tools they need to design, construct, operate and maintain sustainable buildings. LEED rating systems are groups of requirements for projects that want to achieve LEED certification. There are nine (9) rating systems – each geared towards the needs of a specific type of project or building type:
Projects Earn Points to Satisfy Green Building Requirements
Within each LEED rating system, there are specific credit categories, where projects must satisfy the credit prerequisites and earn points. The number of points the project earns determines its level of LEED certification.
|Main Credit Categories|
|Sustainable Sites||Water Efficiency||Energy & Atmosphere||Materials & Resources||Indoor Environemtnal Quality|