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    Investigate LEED (Leadership in energy and Environmental Design) building designs. Should all new buildings be required by law to adopt LEED design standards and conform to the LEED rating system?

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    LEED Building Designs
    The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building designs are framed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Through the use of these designs, authorities implement several standards that are required to develop the environmentally sustainable designs, constructions and operations of buildings and neighborhoods to live and work. It provides a rating system for green buildings that help to assess environmental sustainability of building designs (LEED, 2013). This system is applied in construction practices that help to reduce the negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants.

    The LEED building designs are analyzed on the basis of some parameters such as footprint, transportation, water, gas and electricity usage, indoor environment quality, materials used, waste produced, etc. As per the LEED standards, these parameters should be followed, while constructing a building. In this concern, buildings can be qualified on the basis of four levels of certification like certified, silver, gold and platinum (Reeder, 2010). Energy and atmosphere are major concerns for ...

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    The expert investigates LEED building designs. The laws to adopt LEED design standards and confirm to the LEED rating systems are determined.