LEED certification verifies that a home, commercial complex, or even a community, meet greener building standards. Greener building is more than recycling building materials such as drywall. Greener building is the progressive and healthier way to build for our future, and LEED certification is LEED-ing the way.
LEED certification is a multi-step process comprised of a series of prerequisites and rating systems. Understanding how to build for LEED certification can be a complex process. Knez Building Materials Co. would like to start you off with the basics to LEED certification, which involves 1) selecting the right rating system; 2) meeting prerequisites; 3) registering with LEED; and, 4) undergoing LEED rating and certification.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed LEED in 2000 to put into place and promote green design, green construction, and green maintenance. LEED measures sustainability and efficiency in several categories, such as water efficiency, materials, and resources, and in areas of education and regional priorities. LEED, however, does not measure all buildings or communal spaces in the same way – that’s where the rating systems come in.
There are LEED rating systems for new construction, existing buildings and current homes, just to name a few. To learn more about the different rating systems, read “LEED Rating System Selection Guidance,” which defines each rating system and outlines how to choose the right one. From here, you can find out if it meets the Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) needed to register with LEED.
After registration, a third-party vendor certified by the Green Building Certification Institute rates your project or property on the LEED 100-point scale. There are four possible certification levels – Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum – based on the number of points earned during the rating process.
And that’s LEED certification in a nutshell, friends. We recommend visiting the USGBC website to learn more about LEED certification and find the latest updates in the LEED certification process, starting with LEED 2012.
Knez Building Materials Co. is proud to contribute to the green building movement by recycling drywall and by also educating consumers about environmental and green building through the Knez Building Materials Co. blog.
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