No matter who spins it, sustainable LEED construction has captured the attention of many people, impacting the design of everything from HVAC systems to building envelopes, from renewable energy use to LED (light-emitting diodes) lighting.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, has significantly impacted thinking about how our buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe.
This construction is extremely beneficial to the environment and our society as a whole. It will help improve the lives of those who live around it for years and years after construction is finished.
LEED, as a green building tool, provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for the project.
LEED provides and excellent standard for new construction but what steps can be taken to lessen the footprint of a building that built utilizing older methods of construction?
One simple and cost-effective option involves retrofitting existing lighting with LED lighting technology. You might think that installing a little bulb that takes five minutes isn’t really doing much to help make your building greener. But according a 2012 DOE study some 49 million LED lamps th