What’s LEED Certification?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third party certification program and an internationally recognized standard for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. It was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to give builders, owners and operators the quantitative tools to measure the impact of eneruse and the impact of materials.

LEED guides sustainable building by providing us with a precise framework of identifying and creating practical and measurable solutions for green building design, construction, operation, and maintenance. This system covers all aspects of the development and construction process throughout a building’s lifecycle and adapts to different types of structures.

Rating systems for LEED are developed through a transparent process where technical data is publicly reviewed by USGBC members in LEED committees. This allows for marked consistency, opportunities for stakeholder involvement and review, member ballots of rating systems and an open appeals process.

Currently, LEED awards points to encourage green building practices. In 2009, there were 100 possible base points for all categories of buildings except LEED for Homes, which has a different rating system. Note that an additional six points that may be awarded for Innovation in Design and four points for regional priority. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification: Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points), Platinum (80+ points).

Materials that are recycled, reusable, and energy efficient help to increase the number of points on a LEED certified building.

Norsteel Building’s construction processes, combined with recycled steel sheeting, frames, and alternative wall and roof products are good steps towards creating an energy efficient structure. The design and construction of these buildings are energy efficient and can lead to LEED point eligibility. If you are in the market for a green building project, contact us at Norsteel Buildings to learn more.

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