USGBC LEED Certification

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The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program is changing the way buildings are powered. The USGBC was founded more than 20 years ago to help push for better buildings in our everyday lives. Rick Fedrizzi, David Gottfried, and Mike Italiano established USGBC in 1993. Their mission was to promote sustainability-focused practices in the building and construction industry.

The LEED program itself was launched in 2000 “so that the world’s leading businesses would have a tool that would deliver the immediate, measurable results they need to prove that what is good for the environment is also good for the bottom line,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC.

The LEED certification process works to inspire companies to seek innovative energy solutions that are better for the environment and better for their communities. At Baker, our state certified electricians have the experience to deliver LEED accredited projects on time and on budget that will help your business run more cleanly and cost-effectively. LEED is the leader in green building design. Their goal is to inspire “design and construction practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants.”

How would you feel if your corporation or nonprofit could run more efficiently and achieve its LEED goals? We can get you there by installing LED lighting, EV charging stations, and of course, solar!

At Baker Electric Home Energy, we have so many different financing options available while each of them has varying advantages depending on your goals or needs. Our expert energy consultants will guide you through all available options and help you choose the best fit for your organization. Our chief objective is to help you save as much as possible on utility costs so that you can put that money back into your business, nonprofit, or your community.

Why LEED?

A LEED-certified building means less strain on the environment. Not only that, but LEED certification also increases building value, resulting in higher lease rates and decreased utility costs. According to the USGBC’s website, 88 of the Fortune 100 companies are already using LEED.

LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world – “the LEED plaque on a building is a mark of quality and achievement in green building.” But LEED certification doesn’t just make your organization look good, it also allows “for the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings.”

LEED-certified buildings provide a competitive differentiator, attract tenants, are cost-effective, increase rental rates, provide public relations community benefits, make for happier and healthier employees and occupants, and save energy and resources while lowering operating costs.

How LEED Certification Works

Projects working towards becoming LEED certified earn points across several areas which address sustainability issues. These points are used to determine which of the four LEED rating levels a building receives: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. 

"LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money."

Steps to Gaining LEED Certification

The USGBC has four steps to gaining LEED certification. Step one is to register your project by completing key forms and submitting payment. Step two is to apply for LEED certification by submitting your completed certification application through LEED Online and paying a certification review fee. Step three is when your application is reviewed by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). And finally, step four is when you receive the certification decision.

LEED certification is split into five key areas: sustainable site planning, safeguarding water and water efficiency, energy efficiency and renewable energy, conservation of materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

The different levels of LEED certification are earned based on how many points you receive. Installing solar as an alternative energy source results in a lot of points towards your final score. Some other ways to earn points are reducing water use in landscaping; installing LED lighting; upgrading your HVAC system; and improving indoor air quality by using low-emitting materials such as sealants, adhesives, and floor- or wall-coverings.

Well-Known Companies With LEED-Certified Buildings

A lot of companies are transitioning into LEED-certified building designs to gain an edge over their competition, reduce overhead costs and mitigate their impacts on the environment. Here’s a list of some well-known companies who are making the switch to LEED.

Starbucks

Starbucks joined the USGBC in 2001 and worked with them to develop the LEED for Retail programs. The popular coffee company later became one of the first retailers to join USGBC’S LEED volume certification pilot program. They now have over 750 LEED-certified retail locations in over 19 countries – more than any other retailer in the world.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s has an impressive 38,431,737+ sq ft of LEED-certified space, which equates to over 462 LEED-certified buildings. Their mission states that “Kohl's is committed to protecting and conserving the environment by seeking innovative solutions that encourage long-term sustainability. From large-scale initiatives, like constructing environmentally friendly buildings, to everyday practices, like recycling hangers, we're taking big steps to ensure we leave a smaller footprint.”

Target

Target is another company that takes sustainability seriously. Their LEED stores save enough energy to power 8,253 homes for a year, save enough water to fill 95 Olympic-sized swimming pools and save enough construction waste to equal 4.5 Eiffel Towers.

Interested in pursuing LEED goals of your own? Give us a call today!