Lead in Energy & Environmental Design ( LEED )

here’s an article about LEED that was forwarded to me that’s great information.  to date, there are some LEED buildings you probably have noticed if you’re from metro manila, some o of which are Zuellig Building in Makati, Sun Life Building and Arya Residences at Bonifacio Global City,  Nuvali One Evotech at Sta. Rosa Laguna, and BTTC Centre along Ortigas Avenue in San Juan.  an article i recently came across with mentioned  that there is at least 40 developments  throughout the country that are being constructed with LEED Certification !

this is the future of development and may be costly initially for the developer but in the long run, the investment is foreseen through decreased operating costs, increased return on investment through a more stable client retention, higher rental rates, and guaranteed increased in property value.

This is now a must for multi-national companies and other major corporations because of its long term advantage and of course, it’s reputable cause to our precious environment.

I have also now seen this being done developers & owners of  house and lots and townhouse.  This is such a bright note to look forward too.

What does LEED stand for ?

The question “what does LEED stand for?” is a common question asked by first time home builders, designers, and developers. LEED is an abbreviation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Over the past decade there has been a vast increase in the number of people who are concerned about the environment. Because of this many initiatives have been created to help alleviate this concern. LEED is one of these initiatives. LEED is internationally recognized environmental program and is currently deployed in more than 30 countries around the world. It provides a means of verifying that a building or a group of buildings were designed and built in a way that would improve energy savings, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and CO2 emissions reduction.

It uses a third party verification system to determine if a project falls within LEED standards. There are several different levels of certification that a developer can home to attain: certified, silver, gold, and platinum. The third party individuals must become certified with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) in order to gain an understanding of LEED’s rating system.

The program is used to establish common standards in which to rate each project. LEED also is used to recognize environmental leadership among designers and construction companies alike. It also aims to create a new sense of direction for the building market while at the same time creating a type of competition amongst companies to increase their environmental awareness. LEED also hopes to increase consumer awareness of the benefits of building environmentally friendly homes.

The program focuses on the design of the building and is now dealing with actual energy consumption after it has been built. There are currently five different types that fall under this program:

  • New Construction
    LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance commercial and institutional projects.
  • Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
    LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance provides a benchmark for building owners and operators to measure operations, improvements and maintenance.
  • Commercial Interiors
    LEED for Commercial Interiors is a benchmark for the tenant improvement market that gives the power to make sustainable choices to tenants and designers.
  • Core & Shell
    LEED for Core & Shell aids designers, builders, developers and new building owners in implementing sustainable design for new core and shell construction.
  • Schools
    LEED for Schools recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools and addresses the specific needs of school spaces.
  • Retail
    LEED for Retail recognizes the unique nature of retail design and construction projects and addresses the specific needs of retail spaces.
  • Healthcare
    LEED for Healthcare promotes sustainable planning, design and construction for high-performance healthcare facilities.
  • Homes
    LEED for Homes promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.
  • Neighborhood Development
    LEED for Neighborhood Development integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national program for neighborhood design.

What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (otherwise known as LEED) is a green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. LEED certified buildings promote sustainable design and are primarily designed by a LEED AP who has been certified through the USGBC.

what is leed? What is a LEED Accredited Professional? What is the LEED test? How do I become LEED certified?

Many people ask us “what is leed?”. A LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) is a person who has met all the requirements for the LEED Accreditation Professional credentialing program and has demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the design process, to support and encourage integrated design, and to streamline a project’s LEED application and certification process. The accreditation process involves taking and passing an exam as well as meeting certain prerequisites specific to one of the available credentialing “levels”. LEED certification applies to buildings.

what is leed? 2 What does “LEED 2009” refer to?

LEED 2009 refers to the new LEED Rating System developed and implemented by the USGBC in 2009.

what is leed? 3 What is the current LEED version?

LEED version 2009 (LEED Version 3) is the current version of the LEED green building certification system developed by the USGBC and GBCI. Launched on April 27, 2009, LEED encompasses the LEED 2009 rating system, the online LEED certification tool and the LEED credentialing program. Samples of our free leed exam are located on the menu to the left.

what is leed? 4 Who takes the LEED Exam?

The LEED credential is available not only to design professionals – such as architects or engineers – but also to marketing professionals, attorneys, developers, real estate agents, owners, maintenance staff, specialty consultants, product or manufacturers’ representatives, lenders, contractors, and any others involved in the design, construction, or operation of green buildings.

what is leed? 5 Why should I take the LEED Exam? What is LEED going to do for me?

Becoming LEED accredited opens the door to a wealth of opportunity within the building, design and construction world. LEED is the most distinguished and widely accepted environmental design and green building certification.

LEED is well-established in both the public and private sectors for classifying a “green building”. In the U.S. government, LEED is used at the General Services Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Departments of State, Energy, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Interior to encourage and evaluate green building design and construction for all new and major renovation projects. LEED is also used in construction projects of the Navy, Army, and Air Force. Most states require new state-funded projects to achieve a minimum level of LEED certification, and increasing numbers of local governments, higher education institutions, and public schools are encouraging or requiring their new facilities and major renovations to be LEED certified. Many corporations are also choosing LEED certification for their facilities when construction of green buildings supports their corporate mission.

what is leed? 6 How does the LEED credentialing program work?

Before 2009, there was only one LEED credential: the LEED Accredited Professional, or LEED AP. Exam candidates could achieve this credential by following one of three tracks – LEED for New Construction, LEED for Commercial Interiors, or LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. Each of which focused on the corresponding LEED rating system.

The LEED AP credentialing program now includes three levels of credentials. Each level indicates the level of knowledge, experience, and proficiency in green building design held by an Accredited Professional. What is the LEED types of professional certification?

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