Details About LEED

What is LEED:
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental high performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design. The system is credit-based, allowing projects to earn points for environmentally friendly actions taken during construction and use of a building.

LEED gives building owners and operators the tools that are required to have an immediate and measurable impact on the performance of their building. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and optimum utilization, and indoor air quality.

Features of Sustainable Practices:
• Site selection analysis considers factors like community connectivity, accessibility to mass transit, opportunities to share parking and avoid building on sensitive land.
• Waste and pollution reduction from construction activities and ongoing operations.
• The design and implementation of energy and water efficient systems as well as monitoring the system.
• Team members work in coordination through a holistic integrative approach to make environmentally responsible decisions.
• Operation and maintenance cost reduction due to more efficient utilities and high quality buildings.

The US General Services Administration Green Building benefits are quantified as:
• 13% lower maintenance costs
• 26% less energy usage
• 27% higher level of occupant satisfaction
• 33% lower CO2 emissions

Triple Bottom Line of Green Building:
Social, Environmental and Economic benefits of Green
Buildings are also known to as the Triple Bottom Line
(TBL), Green building evaluation is based on their impacts
on People (Social benefits), Planet (Environmental
Benefits) and Profit (Economic benefits). LEED certified projects achieve these three goals of sustainability and is how we define a green building.
Social Benefits
• Better indoor environmental quality
• Healthier environment
• No extra burdens on local infra-structure
Environmental Benefits
• Protect wild life
• No air or water pollution
• No extra waste production
• Prevent natural resources depletion
Economic Benefits
• Lower operating and maintenance costs
• Higher property value
• Higher employee productivity
• Lower life cycle costs

Rating System Credit Categories
All the LEED rating systems -follow a structure that divides green building strategies into the following categories:
• Location and Transportation (LT)
• Sustainable Sites (SS)
• Water Efficiency (WE)
• Energy and Atmosphere (EA)
• Materials and Resources (MR)
• Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)
• Innovation in Design (ID)
• Regional Priority (RP)


Project Certification Levels
• Certified: 40-49 points
• Silver: 50-59 points
• Gold: 60-79 points
• Platinum: 80+ points


Expertise To Help You Go Green
Green buildings are environmentally responsible establishments where special care is taken to minimize the damage to the surroundings while providing a healthy place to work in. Such highly specialized buildings demand expert guidance and supervision. This is where apogee consultancy to plays a crucial role. With apogee consultancy Green Building Consultancy Services, you can construct green buildings that qualify for LEED USGBC/GBCI Certification and meet your objective of going green.