Monthly Archives: January 2013

LEED for Commercial Spaces: Multiple Pieces, One Puzzle

For the past two weeks, we’ve covered the basics of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building program; it is a certification process to promote green building practices in residential, commercial, retail and service buildings. LEED standards can apply to both new projects and existing structures, and each building is assigned a rating [...]

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The LEED-Rated Residence

Last week, we gave a brief introduction to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) System, a suite of ratings for the construction and maintenance of environmentally friendly buildings. Using points distributed across several different categories, certified LEED inspectors can give a structure a Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum rating; commercial buildings, new construction [...]

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What is a LEED Rating? The Basics

What do the Empire State Building, Chicago’s Soldier Field, and Taiwan’s Taipei 101 skyscraper have in common? They are all LEED-certified buildings. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a suite of rating systems made to rank the construction and functioning of green buildings and homes. Originally developed in 1998 by the United [...]

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