Leed, The Building Green Rating System - What Is Leed And How Do I Get It?
By: Jon Smithinson
LEED is the internationally accepted benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high performance in green buildings and steel buildings as well as it is a building certification process. This will define what is green by providing common framework and verifies performance through benchmarking and measurement.
The rating system has five areas which are: human and environmental health; sustainable site development; water savings; energy efficiency; materials selection; and indoor environmental quality. This rating system was created to provide consistent, credible standards for what constitutes a green building.
There are many steps that need to be taken for LEED certification; the first one would be to register a building project. Registering during the early phases of project design will maximize the potential for achieving certification. In order to earn certification, a building project has to meet certain prerequisites and performance benchmarks within each category. Depending on the number of credits projects receive, they can be awarded certified, silver, gold, or platinum certification. LEED professional accreditation will confirm a contractor has the skills and knowledge to create and construct buildings that will meet the LEED certification process. Most suppliers will have numerous individuals on hand whom satisfy this criteria.
LEED has been successful in reduced operating costs, healthier and productive occupants, and conserving natural resources in the United States. LEED has also been able to drive innovation, enhance building performance and lower lifecycle costs. Steel buildings are a great choice which can easily score highly when using the LEED system, in most cases with little to no modifications required.