Make sure that you are LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to ensure your company’s entire construction process is environmentally friendly and results in high performance "green" buildings. LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential.
LEED is a point-based system. Building projects receive LEED points by satisfying different "green" building criteria. The number of points earned determines the level of LEED-certified the project receives. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fit out and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.
Energy and atmosphere
Materials and resources
Indoor environmental quality
Locations and linkages
Awareness and education
Innovation in design
LEED was developed by the US Green Building Council to give operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. It is flexible enough to apply to all residential and commercial building and lasts throughout a building's lifespan, from design and construction, through maintenance and significant retrofitting.
The "reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra is ordered in this way to reduce consumption and have more positive environmental impacts than recycling alone. Because recycling also uses energy this process encourages actually using less materials. After trying to cut back on materials used, try reusing them again until they are completely worn out before recycling.
According to the World Footprint Network, an organization dedicated to advancing sustainability, we are consuming enough resources of 1 1/2 planets, while only having one to live on. Together we can reduce this problem and reduce the negative environmental impact we are making.
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