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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Identify the official levels of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building certification; then locate a building in your locale or region that is LEED certified; finally describe the major efficiencies that are being achieved in the building that merited LEED certification.

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The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a global rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to assess the environmental performance of a building (www.concretethinker.com). The USGBC also urges the construction and building market to change towards sustainable green building designs. The LEED is a credit based system that allows projects to earn points for environmentally friendly actions taken during construction and use of a building. The LEED was started in an effort to develop a market-driven rating system for the development and implementation of green-building practices. The LEED certification program uses a whole building approach to sustainability by identifying building performance in five major areas of human and environmental health and they are sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality (www.usgbc.org). The environmental and health benefits of a LEED's certified building are: Lowering operating costs and increasing asset value; reducing waste sent to landfills; conserving energy and water; developing healthier and safer buildings; create compact and walkable communities with good access to neighborhood amenities and transit; protect natural ...

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