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What it takes to become LEED Certified

Over the past few decades, it’s become very clear than we need to change the way we build. Businesses have used far too much energy and resources for far too long, and the planet has paid the price. That’s why the U.S. Green Building Council created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for energy efficient buildings. If you’re thinking of constructing a LEED certified building, you should consider these steps:

Consider your project

A LEED certification is a badge of honor that your building wears for as long as it remains efficient. However, different kinds of projects come with different LEED certification requirements. New construction projects, existing buildings, schools, commercial interiors, and neighborhoods all require different construction practices and products in order to be considered LEED material. Before you break ground, you should determine which set of requirements applies to your project.

Find a LEED-accredited contractor

Since the inception of LEED in 1998, the U.S. Green Building Council has trained contractors, engineers, and other construction personnel to adhere their practices to LEED’s standards. Hiring a LEED-accredited company is essential for ensuring that your project is as efficient as possible. All you have to say is “I want this project to be LEED-certified,” and the contractors will adjust their practices accordingly.

Use energy-efficient products

In order to achieve the right level of efficiency, you’ll need to make sure that virtually every aspect of your business is as efficient as possible. The recycled steel of McKeon steel doors, the renewable lighting of the Solatube Solamaster series, and the recycled aluminum of Ruskin Architectural Solutions can help your project earn its precious LEED certification.

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