LEED and the U.S. Green Building Council

LEED Green Building Certification

Bob Moore Construction provides the following information on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System and the U.S. Green Building Council.


logo for the U.S. Green Building Council, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemLEED Certification: Leadership in Environmentally Sound Commercial Construction

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, providing building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED rating systems are available for a variety of new and existing commercial and residential buildings; the most relevant systems for our clients are LEED-NC and LEED for Core and Shell.

 

LEED-NC


The LEED for New Construction Rating System (LEED-NC) is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance commercial and institutional projects, including office buildings, high-rise residential buildings, government buildings, recreational facilities, manufacturing plants and laboratories. LEED-NC is applicable to new commercial construction and major renovation projects.

 

LEED for Core and Shell


LEED for Core & Shell is a green building rating system for designers, builders, developers and new building owners who want to address sustainable design for new core and shell construction. Core and shell covers base building elements such as structure, envelope and the HVAC system. LEED for Core & Shell is designed to be complementary to the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system, as both rating systems establish green building criteria for developers, owners and tenants.

The LEED for Core & Shell Rating System acknowledges the limitations of developers in a speculatively developed building and encourages the implementation of green design and construction practices in areas over which the developer has control.

Developers can often implement green strategies that indirectly benefit future tenants. Conversely, developers can inadvertently implement strategies that prohibit tenants from executing green fit-outs. LEED for Core & Shell works to set up a synergistic relationship, which allows future tenants to capitalize on green strategies implemented by the developer.

 

How Does LEED Work?


LEED is a point-based system where projects earn LEED points for satisfying specific green building criteria. Within each of the six LEED credit categories, projects must satisfy particular prerequisites and earn points. The six categories include Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design (projects can earn ID points for green building innovations). The number of points the project earns determines the level of LEED Certification the project receives. LEED certification is available in four progressive levels:

  • Certified: 26 - 32 points
  • Silver: 33 - 38 points
  • Gold: 39 - 51 points
  • Platinum: 52 - 69 points

Bob Moore Construction and LEED


We encourage you to contact us today and speak with one of our construction professionals, who can answer your questions about LEED Certification and what it means for your new building project.

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