LEED Has Legs in Northeast Florida
Via DCD Magazine, July-August 2012
LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and is an internationally-recognized green building standard and certification. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998, LEED® provides certification that a building meets sustainability standards based on a rating system. LEED points evaluate a building’s green performance. Among others, criteria include water and energy efficiency, materials and resource choices, reuse and recycling of materials, and indoor air quality. A point scale determines the level of certification of a building – Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. In addition to the certification level, there are various rating systems applied based on the building type. Types include new construction, existing buildings: operations & maintenance, commercial interiors, core & shell, schools, retail, healthcare, homes and neighborhood development.