Stormwater Retention Pond with Natural Walking Path
LEED Planning and Certification
Though there are many paths for integrating sustainability into a design, one of the most prominent and well recognized is the LEED rating system. LEED is a green building rating system which provides objectives on how to incorporate sustainability into building design, construction, and operations.
LEED is a global leader amongst green building rating systems. LEED participation highlights your own role as a sustainable leader now and into the future. Not only are LEED spaces benefiting both humans and the environment, but they also create future resiliency. If you choose to pursue LEED certification, our sustainability experts at Strang are here to support your journey.
Sustainable Benefits for Owners, Tenants, Employers
Besides LEED’s major focus on reducing the carbon footprint of building construction and operations, LEED certified buildings offer numerous other advantages.
LEED certified buildings lower operating costs as the design is approached to optimize performance. Water and energy systems are carefully weighed against baseline systems to make thoughtful selections on how to best save utility costs throughout the building. Requirements involving commissioning processes ensure the building is functionally tested and all systems are operating as designed, resulting in a high-performing building. Energy and water meter reporting requirements help maintain awareness on how the building is performing and can alert building operators to possible issues.
Building tenants also benefit from LEED certified projects as LEED credit requirements exist to create a safer and healthier environment for occupants. Emphasis is placed on using toxin free materials in construction and finishes to deliver cleaner indoor air. This improves productivity and reduces respiratory illnesses of occupants. Special attention is paid to human comfort in the building’s engineered systems. Thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort contribute to high indoor environmental quality which increases occupancy, improves a building’s value, and reduces liability for building designers and owners.
For employers, the commitment to sustainability and having a LEED certified project is an advantage that can help attract new talent and contribute to aid in employee retention. Superior indoor environments help protect a building’s most valuable asset—its people.