Choosing LEED to lead

Posted by: Admin | Posted on: February 13th, 2013

leed analysis servicesGreen Buildings and LEED are two concepts totally in sync with each other when we refer to sustainability in building construction. Buildings too are living elements which have impact on the environment and the health of inmates. LEED sets standards for these sustainable practises. The challenge lies in minimising the impact of newly constructed or existing buildings on local ecology, environment, climate change and health of inmates, thereby improving quality of life.

Imagine your office building as energy efficient, environment friendly, silvery streaks of sunlight pouring right into your working space, green plants smiling at you, wooden or vinyl flooring complimenting the natural ambience, insulated walls and ceilings with you stepping out in the evening absolutely fresh like morning dew! Yes, Green Buildings do just that for you — they protect your health, reduce waste, pollution and degradation of environment, and reduce energy costs (by solar water heating) and reuse water (e.g. making use of grey water for on-site irrigation). Solar, wind and hydro power are used for on-site generation of renewable energy which in turn reduces the environmental impact of the building.

What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It provides a rating system for Green Buildings and third party verification. Getting certified by LEED is the beginning of constant endeavour into aspects of infrastructure from the designing stage to construction, throughout keeping aligned to sustainable practises and innovations that will render a fine building as per LEED standards.

There are rating systems like BREEAM (UK), LEED (US and Canada), DGNB (Germany), and CASBEE(Japan). These assist consumers in determining the level of environmental performance of a building. It is imperative that all pre-requisites listed by LEED are fully satisfied.

If price comes as an issue in your mind, just remember that your own good health is real wealth which does not come with a price tag. Also, the long term benefits of a LEED accredited Green Building outshines the inputs whatsoever.

Materials used in Green Buildings:

It is best to remain close to nature. Let us explore what goes into a LEED certified Green Building:

  • Renewable plant materials like bamboo and straw, dimension stone, non-toxic-reusable, recyclable materials.
  • Locally manufactured building materials to minimise energy used in transportation.
  • Improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) by ceasing use of construction materials and interior finish products which emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).
  • Control of moisture indoors as it aids the growth of mould, bacteria, dust mites and viruses.

Different criteria have to be met in umpteen categories for LEED certification. This calls for the need of a professional LEED Consultant who is familiar with LEED requirements, experienced in the field of architecture, engineering or interior designing, has requisite knowledge of Green Building practises and is himself a LEED accredited professional(LEED AP) — you get extra points for that!

Sustainability is the key word: be it your health, work or infrastructure certification. So, go in for LEED to Lead!