LEED Certified

LEED Certified

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
The World has finally sat up and taken notice. We all need to be doing something to help the environment. We all need to focus on what we can do to aid in the fight. One thing that is being talked about continuously in the building industry is LEED Certification . Interesting enough, LEED Certification is not all about just the environment, it is about business. Everyone is getting environmental. You no longer have a marketing advantage by saying you are building green. It is becoming something that you have to do, not something that is an option. Getting a LEED Certification is not cheap either, you have to look at many different angles of the entire building process to even gain a few points. As sited in Fast Company, The Green Standard , here are just a few examples of what the point spread looks like. Each action earns a point. Siting - Reclaiming a brown field site; build near public transportation Water Use - Landscaping with native plants, capture rain water run off With all the attention about LEED and the great things they are doing, there are still flaws in the process. Categories are not weighed the same, there are no regional adjustments and the process is complex. However, things are still changing at a rapid rate. New procedures are being added all the time, with new incentives and equate to greater impact. It will be interesting to see where all this ends up. For now it is adding value, I predict at some point it will just be mandatory. I guess only time will tell. For now, this is just my observation.