What is LEED?
Developed by the USGBC, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for designing, constructing and operating high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED was created to:
- Define 'green building' by establishing a common standard of measurement
- Promote integrated, whole-building design practices
- Recognize environmental leadership in the building industry
- Stimulate green competition
- Raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
- Transform the building market
LEED provides a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor air quality.
How Does LEED work?
LEED recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a comprehensive, point-based system. Using the system, building owners can measure their success in environmental stewardship. For LEED 2009 for New Construction, Core and Shell, and Schools there are 100 base points; 6 possible Innovation in Design and 4 Regional Priority points. One point can be earned for including an Accredited Professional on the project.
Categories for earning credits are the following
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Materials & Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
LEED 2009 now includes a Water Efficency prerequisite that must be met to earn certification. The building must have a 20‰ water usage reduction from baseline calculations
Buildings need to earn the following point levels to earn certification:
80 points and above
What products are LEED certified?
No building products are LEED certified; only buildings are certified. Building products can only contribute to earning points in various categories.
How can Bradley products help earn LEED credits?
Many of Bradley's products conserve water, conserve energy, contain recycled materials and produce no 'off-gassing'.
They can help earn credits in the following categories:
Credit 3.1 - Water Use Reduction, 20% reduction
Credit 3.2 - Water Use Reduction, 30% reduction
Materials & Resources:
Credit 4.1 - Recycled Content, specify 10%
Credit 4.2 - Recycled Content, specify 20%
Credit 5.1 - Local/Regional Materials, 10% manufactured locally
Credit 5.2 - Local/Regional Materials, 20% manufactured locally