Buildings and their construction account for nearly half of all energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in this country, and even more globally. Even modest improvements in efficiency in new building makes a difference.
What is LEED?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.
LEED was created to accomplish the following:
- Define "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement
- Promote integrated, whole-building design practices
- Recognize environmental leadership in the building industry
- Stimulate green competition
- Raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
- Transform the building market
The LEED rating system addresses six major areas:
- Sustainable sites
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials and resources
- Indoor environmental quality
Innovation and design process
Role of a LEED AP
Many of EDI's professional staff hold the LEED AP designation. These individuals are recognized for their knowledge of the LEED rating system, and are permitted to use the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) acronym after their name. This indicates they have passed the accreditation exam given by the Green Building Certification Institute (a 3rd party organization that handles accreditation for the USGBC).
EDI is pursuing LEED Certification on many of its projects, and each project team has at least one LEED AP who acts as the LEED Coordinator and sustainability champion.
Because LEED Certification is a process that is particularly intense during construction, EDI Construction Administrators are trained in the certification process.