LEED Certification

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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), promotes a holistic approach to sustainability by recognising performance in five key areas of human and environmental health.

Credits and Prerequisites (mandatory requirements) are organized into these five categories. LEED Certification is then based on the total point score achieved in these five areas, following an independent review. With four possible levels of certification (certified, silver, gold and platinum), LEED is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of green building strategies that best fit the constraints and goals of particular projects.

Since LEED was first launched in 1998 as a pilot rating tool for new construction, LEED now consists of a suite of nine rating systems for the design, construction and operation of buildings, homes and neighbourhoods and has established itself as a globally recognised and leading green building certification system.

 LEED now has over 41,000 buildings certified in more than 150 countries worldwide and although originally developed as a green building tool for the US market, in 2011 44% of all LEED registered buildings were registered outside the United States, demonstrating the versatility of LEED, being well adapted for the varying global construction and operations conditions, including weather conditions in South Africa.

Given the LEED track record and success globally in reducing operational and environmental costs of existing buildings and new constructions, LEED is highly suitable as a roadmap for steering environmental sustainability efforts.

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Sustainable Sites

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Water Efficiency

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Energy Efficiency

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Materials

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Indoor Environmental Quality

 LEED Rating Systems

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance helps building owners and operators measure operations, improvements and maintenance on a consistent scale, with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.

LEED for Commercial Interiors gives the power to make sustainable choices to tenants and designers, who do not always have control over whole building operations.

LEED for Core & Shell is for designers, builders, developers and new building owners who want to address sustainable design for new core and shell construction. Core and shell covers base building elements such as structure, envelope and the HVAC system.

LEED for Schools recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of schools. It addresses issues such as classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention and environmental site assessment.

LEED for Retail is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance retail projects, including banks, restaurants, apparel, electronics, big box and everything in between.

LEED for Healthcare guides the design and construction of both new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings, and can be applied to inpatient, outpatient and licensed long-term care facilities, medical offices, assisted living facilities and medical education and research centers.

LEED for Neighborhood Development provides independent, third-party verification that a development’s location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development.

For more information about LEED, LEED tools and the LEED certification process, please contact us.