What is LEED?
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. It is the standard for measuring building sustainability and by achieving a LEED certification a building demonstrates it truly is “green”.
How can LEED certification benefit you?
The environmental and financial benefits associated with LEED certification include reduction of waste sent to landfills, healthier environment for the building’s occupants, reduction of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, qualification for tax rebates & other incentives, conservation of energy & water, increased asset value and lower operating costs. For Associated Renewable, LEED isn’t just about getting the certificate and title for our clients; it’s about cost savings and improving the working environment. Recent studies show that efficiency pays off start-up costs, especially since energy prices have increased in recent years.Companies and institutions see LEED as an opportunity to improve workplace effectiveness and transform their business culture.
The LEED green building rating system – developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders – is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being. LEED offers four certification levels (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum) and each correspond to the number of credits accrued in the five design categories. The categories include: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.
Getting a LEED certification includes a rigorous third-party commissioning process. To achieve LEED before you begin, you should set an environmental target and a clear budget. Hiring the right LEED accredited professional is key to achieving your goals.
Rising awareness of rising fuel costs, conservation and climate change are reshaping the real estate market. Not only do many large commercial facilities aim for LEED certified buildings, but residential apartments and homes now seek those same standards.
At Associated Renewable, an integrated project team will include the major stakeholders of the project such as the developer/owner, architect, engineer, landscape architect, contractor, and asset and property management staff. It is important to engineer for life cycle value, as there are many relationships within a building that can help save money. We will implement an integrated, systems-oriented approach to green project design, development and operations.
(Bank of America Tower, One Bryant Park, New York City – the first LEED Platinum Office)