The Little Steps to Getting LEED Certified
LEED certified buildings and communities are taking simple steps to be sustainable, water efficient, energy-saving, resourceful, and clean air places for everyone to enjoy. For a facility to be LEED certified, it must earn a specific number of points in a wide range of “green” categories. Earning these points is simple, but they add up to make a huge impact on our environment. If you’re looking to make a difference yourself, it’s so easy to be an energy-saver at home, at work, and within your community. And it’s important to know that many of the LEED point requirements take our help to work most efficiently.
For example, building within walking distance to public transportation earns a structure points towards LEED certification. By taking public transportation to these facilities, we can make this design element effective. Buildings can also install bike racks and changing rooms with showers to encourage people to bike to work and earn LEED points. But it’s up to us to utilize these facilities. If biking to your destination isn’t an option, driving more fuel efficient vehicles or low emitting vehicles can help. Some LEED certified buildings offer special parking spaces for these environmentally-friendly cars.
Buildings can also earn points towards certification by providing recycling options. Displaying specific containers for recyclable materials is an example of this. It’s our job as individuals, however, to actually use the provided receptacles. Material reuse is another way that recycling can earn a building points toward LEED certification, because it decreases the demand for new materials. What does that mean for us? The more we recycle as individuals, the more materials we have to reuse during the building process. These examples only scratch the surface of ways we can work with LEED to make it as effective as possible. The more we do to contribute individually, the better LEED works within the industry.
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