Do you have a passion for sustainability? Have you heard of LEED?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards apply to high-performance “green” buildings and make up the basis for LEED Certification. LEED Certification offers verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at reducing energy and water usage, promoting better indoor air quality, and improving quality of life.
At the Greenbuild Conference & Expo next month, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will reveal its new flagship product, LEED Version 4 (v4). The creation of LEED v4 is the culmination of years of feedback from various members and users, all of whom influence the adoption of new green building concepts in the marketplace. Given the USGBC’s mission to maintain a consensus and market-driven approach to the LEED standard, the new version will feature new and innovative credits that will propel green building forward.
A building project boasting a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification usually conjures images of an innovative design, a healthier environment, less energy consumption, and lower utility bills. But LEED goes beyond comfort and cost savings to encourage building owners to protect one of the world’s most vital natural resources – water. In order to become LEED certified, a building must achieve at least a 20% reduction in water usage, with additional points available for water efficiency measures implemented both indoors and out.
You’ve probably heard about the LEED 2012 update to the USGBC’s green building rating system that is scheduled for release in November 2012, at the Greenbuild Conference. LEED 2012 is a technical update (as opposed to the LEED 2009 administrative update), which means the green building bar is being raised in many ways and, of course, some controversy comes along with it.
The USGBC has not released a date for when reference guides, building certification, and exams will roll over to the new version (that is, of course, if it gets approved).
You have earned a LEED credential. Now what? First, let us say congratulations to you! Go ahead and show off a little. Be sure to let potential customers and industry professionals know your qualifications by placing your new LEED professional title on your resume and business cards.
You can also order a copy of your LEED professional certificate directly from the Green Building Council Institute.
From builders and buyers to consumers and corporations, the motivation to go green is everywhere. As a result, a number of certifications exist to pursue and verify green building and design. Two of the more popular green home building programs are the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Homes Program and the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) National Green Building Certification. Both programs require third-party verification from a LEED Green Rater or NAHB Green Verifier.
LEED Certification Makes You An Invaluable Asset in the Exploding Green Building Industry
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The New York Times recently published an article discussing whether or not LEED Certification is actually beneficial to the environment. The Times suggested that buildings labeled as LEED certified have not lived up to their "green" expectations. Some LEED-certified buildings, in fact, are not very energy efficient. In the wake of all the changes abounding from the USGBC about LEED, the Times brings up an interesting discussion: Is LEED really leading, or is there a better green model?
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