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What Is LEED Construction And What Are Its Benefits

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Protecting our rapidly-corrupting environment has become a major concern worldwide. People, governments and organizations are employing eco-friendly ways to live. When it comes to building construction, LEED enforces eco-friendly standards. What is LEED and how does it benefit you?

 

What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; it’s aninnovative set of green housing rating systemsThe idea behind LEED is to ascertain that building owners use eco-friendly methods of construction. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998 with a view to help people utilize resources efficiently and build eco-friendly homes and buildings. The USGBC has about 20,000 member organizations that review and approve LEED standards from time to time. From 1998 till now, about 7000 building projects worldwide have benefitted from LEED standards.

 

How It Works

LEED recommends the following measures to transform buildings into more eco-friendly and energy efficient structures:

LEED certifies buildings that score high on a standardized scoring model, in the following six categories:

Based on the score achieved, buildings are offered one out of four certificates – LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, and LEED Platinum.  Needless to say, the LEED Platinum is the most sought-after and the hardest to achieve.  Builders need to pay a registration and certification fee which cover administration, construction and commission costs. However, the long-term cost-savings more than make up for the initial investment.

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Benefits of LEED

There are several benefits of adhering to LEED standards, for both construction companies like ViaTechnik and the people that live and work in the buildings.

Savings On Energy and Building Costs

 

Increase In Resale And Rental Values

 

Other Benefits

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  • billybob23

    green housing rating system? green building including housing