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What is LEED?

September 17, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

You hear the acronym LEED here and there, but what is it exactly and what does it have to do with Specified Building Products Corporation?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a rating system for “green” buildings. Supported by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED Certification recognizes a subset of buildings that were designed, built, and/or maintained with sustainability in mind.

The LEED Rating Systems categorize buildings by type and provide an outline for implementing the most sustainable solutions for that building type. When pursuing LEED Certification for a building, a project team must select the most appropriate rating system and work toward satisfying the requirements that are outlined.

There are four levels of certification – the number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive. Typical certification thresholds are:

Platinum 80+ Points

Gold 60-79 Points

Silver 50-59 Points

Certified 40-49 Points

The Troy Building in Boston is LEED Certified GOLD


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Troy Building

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Proven performance

If you’re serious about saving money, conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice. Bar none.

Third-party certification verifies that your project is designed, built and operating the way it was intended. It is also your first step toward managing your building through its entire lifecycle.

Continuous improvement

Behind the LEED program is an immense infrastructure developed to support the leaders in the industry as they innovate and create cutting-edge, high performance buildings. We make significant investments each year to maintain, operate and improve LEED and its delivery. No other rating system has an infrastructure that comes close.

Lifetime of returns

LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%. Businesses and organizations across the globe use LEED to increase the efficiency of their buildings, freeing up valuable resources that can be used to create new jobs, attract and retain top talent, expand operations and invest in emerging technologies. LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates and may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances. Not to mention they retain higher property values!

*Source via usgbc.org

The products at Specified Building Products Corporation contribute LEED points that can get you to next LEED level! Check out our products on our website!

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