LEED Certification

LEED Certification refers to the validation of green buildings based on the LEED Rating System.

LEED Impacts & Innovation: A USGBC Report

Fri, 2014-01-24 09:31

As LEED continues to shape the future of sustainable design and operations, it is paramount to illustrate the impact that green buildings have had on the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, and Profit. Recently, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released a report titled LEED in Motion: Impacts and Innovation, which quantifies the impact of green building in addition to outlining the projected impacts of green buildings in the future. Available to USGBC members, the report contains an extensive amount of information, some of which is outlined below.

LEED v4: What's Different?

Tue, 2013-07-16 07:44

The USGBC’s recently approved LEED v4 green rating system was voted through with significant support from its membership. The new system is not incredibly different from its predecessor, which has been in use since 2009. One of the main differences is that v4 has expanded LEED to rate different building types, industry centers, and renovation situations that had not been addressed previously. These new structures include data centers, large warehouses, and factories.

LEED v4 Passes Ballot Initiative in Landslide Vote

Tue, 2013-07-02 12:47

Since the last LEED update in 2009, there has been much anticipation for the new iteration of the next green building standard, LEED Version 4. On July 2, 2013, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the proposed changes in the new standard passed the ballot process with a final tally of 86% in favor of LEED v4. Several key stakeholders, from those in the user, general interest, and producer categories, all provided support for the new LEED initiative, exceeding the requirement of 66.7% of the favorable vote to pass.

Top 10 States for LEED Certification

Fri, 2013-01-25 11:34

This week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2012 list of the top 10 states in the U.S for new LEED certifications. This list of the top states best portrays regions in the U.S. that are committed to transforming buildings and communities to become more sustainable and energy friendly.

5 Steps Beyond LEED Certification

Fri, 2012-12-28 10:19

Achieving LEED certification for a building is the ideal beginning to sustainability efforts. But, to stop at certification would be akin to an athlete training to peak condition, qualifying for the Olympics, and showing up to compete in a stadium without any spectators. The LEED Certification process “trains” a building to perform at optimal levels. Owners and occupants must put the building to the test and verify levels of performance.

Federal government increases LEED supported Projects

Thu, 2012-10-25 10:17

Although adoption rates for LEED-specific green building practices have steadily increased in the private sector, the growth of sustainable building initiatives in the federal government is an often overlooked segment of LEED certified projects. According to a recent report, the number of federal LEED certified projects increased by 51 percent this year, with over 821 projects completed to date in 2012. As noted by Lane Burt, director of technical policy at the U.S. Green Building Council, the rapid growth in federal agencies mirrors what is occurring in the private sector.

New World Trade Center LEEDs the Way

Thu, 2012-09-13 10:01

As the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks takes place this week, development on the new World Trade Center site continues to move forward, with rebuilding processes in perpetual motion. The highlight, One World Trade Center (formerly referred to as the Freedom Tower), will rise 1,776 feet above New York City’s landscape to become the tallest and most sustainable building (by square feet) in the Western Hemisphere when it is completed in 2014.

LEED Volume Program

Mon, 2012-09-10 13:17

LEED Certification is an in-depth process that requires building owners and project managers to follow rigorous standards for green building and design. In the past, some organizations that worked hard to design and build green buildings opted not to pursue LEED Certification. They often used LEED credit categories as a checklist for developing a green building but found that the LEED Certification process was too costly and too reliant on paperwork.

LEED Certification Reaches New Milestone

Thu, 2012-08-02 08:27

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, administered by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), is the world’s most popular green building certification. Recently, the program has reached a major milestone, as more than 2 billion square feet of property has become LEED certified.

Moreover, LEED is continuing to grow at an exponential rate, with an estimated 7 billion square feet of projects being LEED registered. The additional LEED certified space will boost the 2 billion square feet milestone to more than 9 billion.

World Cup Goes Green

Wed, 2012-06-20 15:04

Preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are already underway, and the LEED certification process will play a major role in the sustainable, urban economic development plans for the month-long event. Development will include the construction and renovation of 12 stadiums, transportation, infrastructure, and lodging, as well as waste and water management to support millions of fans. All 12 of the host venues set a goal of meeting minimum LEED sustainability standards. In early 2012, 10 of the 12 venues had already applied to the USGBC for LEED status.