LEED Certification: How Does LEED Certification Work?

By shakir_williams

LEED certification rating system

How Does LEED Certification Work?

By receiving LEED certification, you are documenting to the homeowner or business owner that you have taken the steps to ensure a building’s durability, energy-efficiency, and its impact on the environment.  LEED has five primary rating reference guides that it uses to certify a building. They are as follows: 

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LEED AP BD+C: This rating system is used for new constructions, school projects, core & shell buildings, healthcare projects, retail buildings, and major renovations. How To Get Your Building Certified? 

LEED AP ID+C: This rating system is designed specifically for tenants who are leasing a portion of a larger building. It focuses on promoting the green initiative on commercial interior design, and retail projects. For example, a Starbucks renting a space inside of a Target or shopping mall would be rated with this system. How Does a Person Become LEED Accredited? 

LEED AP O+M: This rating system helps business owners minimize energy use by making minor operational & maintenance improvements on existing buildings and schools. Why Should My Building Be Certified?

LEED AP Homes: This rating system is specifically designed to focus on single and multi-family residential homes that are no more than 3 stories. 

LEED AP ND: This rating system integrates the principles of green building into neighborhood development projects.

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What Is the Importance of LEED Certification?

It is a standard for reducing the energy use of newly constructed or existing commercial and residential buildings. It offers an industry perspective to ensure that your building not only follows building codes, but follows LEED energy-saving standards as well. It is a great way to offer a sound, seal of assurance that your building is designed and operating to the highest environmental standards. What Is LEED Certification?

Following building codes is only the minimal standard of safety assurance. LEED certification ensures that not only is your building safe, but it is maintaining quality sustainability practices like: 

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What LEED projects have you worked on?

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