LEED, USGBC and Green Building

LEED, USGBC and Green Building

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for construction companies to use in the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Once construction is complete, LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. 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 indoor environmental quality.

LEED rating systems are available for a variety of new and existing commercial and residential buildings; the most relevant systems for construction companies are LEED-NC and LEED for Core and Shell.

LEED for New Construction - LEED-NC

The LEED for New Construction Rating System (LEED-NC) is designed to guide construction companies and distinguish high-performance commercial and institutional projects, including office buildings, high-rise residential buildings, government buildings, recreational facilities, manufacturing plants and laboratories. LEED-NC is applicable to new commercial construction and major renovation projects, making it an important system to construction companies interested in green building.

LEED for Core and Shell

LEED for Core & Shell is a green building rating system for designers, commercial construction companies, 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 Core & Shell is designed to be complementary to the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system, as both rating systems establish green building criteria for developers, owners and tenants.

The LEED for Core & Shell Rating System acknowledges the limitations of construction companies and developers in a speculatively developed building and encourages the implementation of green design and construction practices in areas over which the developer has control.

Commercial construction companies and developers can often implement green strategies that indirectly benefit future tenants. Conversely, commercial construction companies and developers can inadvertently implement strategies that prohibit tenants from executing green fit-outs. LEED for Core & Shell works to set up a synergistic relationship, which allows future tenants to capitalize on green strategies implemented by the construction company and developer.

How Does LEED Work?

LEED is a point-based system where construciton projects earn LEED points for satisfying specific green building criteria. Within each of the six LEED credit categories, projects must satisfy particular prerequisites and earn points. The six categories include

  • - Sustainable Sites
  • - Water Efficiency
  • - Energy & Atmosphere
  • - Materials & Resources
  • - Indoor Environmental Quality
  • - Innovation in Design (projects can earn ID points for green building innovations).

The number of points the project earns determines the level of LEED Certification the project receives. LEED certification is available in four progressive levels:

  • - Certified: 26 - 32 points
  • - Silver: 33 - 38 points
  • - Gold: 39 - 51 points
  • - Platinum: 52 - 69 points

Commercial Construction Company Bob Moore Construction and LEED

Bob Moore Construction has recognized the need and business advantage offered by environmental convervation and responsibility. Recent projects have featured environmental solutions like creative engineering to facilitate rainwater recapturing and recycling and powerful stormwater retention systems for buildings near high-pollution settings.

In 2009 Commercial Construction Company Bob Moore Construction completed the 1.16 million square foot Pioneer 360 Business Center. This construction project began with the demolition of an abandoned 800,000 square foot regional mall; more than 95% of the materials removed during demolition of the mall were recycled rather than discarded. The Pioneer 360 Business Center is believed to be the first construction project to be registered as a Gold facility for LEED Core and Shell in the state of Texas.

Commercial Construction Company Bob Moore Construction has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that environmental responsibility, along with the jobsite safety, legal and ethical business practices, emphasis on quality construction and focus on budget and schedule, is offered on every project we build.

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