Understanding LEED Certification
I am proud to work as an independent general contractor. I have enjoyed the opportunity of meeting many different clients in and around the Hamptons. In order to build my business, I understand that it is important to follow the codes and regulations that have been established.
Over the last few years, green standards have become very important in the world of commercial real estate. It is easy to get confused when professionals throw around a lot of technical terms and acronyms. However, the concepts are easy to understand when they are clearly explained.
You will hear a lot of talk about LEED certified buildings. The LEED rating system stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It was established by the U.S. Green Building Council in recent years to determine which buildings are following green standards. There are a lot of different components that go into LEED certification. A building needs to be energy efficient, have low carbon emissions and a low level of waste to earn LEED certification.
In the construction industry, we care a lot about LEED certification because it is important to the environment and to our customers. If you are building or buying a new commercial property, it is wise to consider the benefits of LEED certification. This type of certification will reduce your energy costs, and it will also make your property more appealing to buyers if you decide to sell.
Some people are intimidated by the thought of LEED certification, but the process is really not that difficult. There is a fee that comes with certification, but the costs can be recouped by the benefits. Green, Silver, Gold and Platinum are the different levels of LEED certification. Green is the most basic level, and many builders use it as their minimum standard. Some certification courses are available online, so it is easy to learn about LEED certification while you are still working hard in your business.
Over the last decade, the demand for green buildings has skyrocketed, and it is likely to continue to increase. As a building professional, I encourage my colleagues to explore all of the benefits of learning about LEED certification. It takes some time and money, but the benefits are much greater than the costs. In any business, you need to be able to adapt to changes, and green, LEED certified buildings will be the buildings of our future.