The LEED Green Building Rating System
This system was created to provide a national standard of what constitutes a “green building.” It is used as a design guideline and third party certification tool, utilizing both established and innovative practices, standards and technologies.
The LEED Green Building Rating System evaluates a building from what is called a “whole building” perspective. This rating system awards recognition of a building’s sustainable design using various levels of achievement, including bronze, silver, gold or platinum ratings.
LEED does not certify building products or companies.
Using the Green Building Rating System, LEED rates projects on the following categories:
Materials and Resources
Indoor Air Quality
The Certification Process
LEED Certification distinguishes building projects that have demonstrated acceptable sustainability through incorporating the highest performance standards.
Certification Requirements and Point System
For a project to become LEED certified, it must attain a set number of points available in six areas:
Sustainable Sites (SS)—14 points possible
Water Efficiency (WE)—5 points possible
Energy & Atmosphere (EA)—17 points possible
Materials & Resources (MR)—13 points possible
Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)—15 points possible
Innovation & Design Process (ID)—5 points possible
For complete details and more information on the LEED program, visit www.usgbc.org. To find out more about becoming a LEED Accredited Professional, visit www.gbci.org.
VP's Contribution to LEED Points
While VP provides part of the overall solution for a project seeking to become LEED certified, the areas where VP provides the most direct impact are:
Recyclability / Reuse in the future
Cool Roof materials
Proximity of VP plants to job-sites
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