The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is charged with creating better and more environmentally friendly ways to construct buildings. Its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) program is a green building certification program that recognizes the best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED certifies 1.5 million square feet of building space a day in 135 countries.
LEED provides a green rating system for several types of building projects, including homes, neighborhood development, building operations and maintenance, interior design, and building design and construction. Building design and construction can include new construction or major renovations, as well as core and shell development, or of healthcare facilities, data centers, schools, retail stores and warehouse and distribution centers.
With technology allowing for faster construction of green buildings, the prerequisites have changed in order to receive a LEED certification. There are a total of 110-136 credits available, depending on the type of project you want to be certified. Scores are based on the following criteria:
- Sustainable sites
- Location and transportation
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials and resources
- Indoor environmental quality
- Regional priority
LEED Certification Process
In order to have your project LEED certified, you’ll have to decide what category your project falls under. After you register your project accordingly, you must prepare documentation about your project before you submit it for certification. Your application and project will go through a series of reviews, including a preliminary design review, final design review, preliminary construction review and final construction review. Finally, your project will be issued its certification level.
There are four levels of LEED certification: 40-49 (certified), 50-59 (silver), 60-79 (gold) and 80 and above (platinum).
A Future of Better Buildings
LEED certification is recognized across the globe as a premier mark of achievement for green design and building. Across the globe, the U.S. currently boasts 329 LEED certified projects totaling over 55.1 million square feet – and PinPoint Commercial is proud to have projects included in those numbers. For more information about LEED scoring and certification, contact us.