The LEED Categories are thoughtfully assigned to create and understanding our impact on our environment. 

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The purpose of LEED Certification is to identify that the design and construction of a building qualifies using a point system in five areas.  There are six areas listed above; however, “Innovation in Operations & Regional Priority” is not part of the working point system. The 5 categories of focus are Sustainable Site, Water Conservation, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality. Due to lengthiness. Please click each LEED Credit Category for the full article about that category

Sustainable Sites

Sustainable sites credits encourage strategies that minimize the impact on ecosystems and water resources.

  • Prereq 1 – Construction Activity Pollution Prevention Required 
  • Credit 1 – Site Selection
  • Credit 2 – Development Density & Community Connectivity
  • Credit 3 – Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Credit 4.1 – Alternative Transportation,Public Transportation Access
  • Credit 4.2 – Alternative Transportation,Bicycle Storage & Changing Rooms
  • Credit 4.3 – Alternative Transportation, Low-Emitting & Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
  • Credit 4.4 – Alternative Transportation, Parking Capacity
  • Credit 5.1 – Site Development, Protect or Restore Habitat
  • Credit 5 2 – Site Development Site Development, Maximize Open Space 
  • Credit 6.1 – Stormwater Design, Quantity Control
  • Credit 6.2 – Stormwater Design, Quality Control
  • Credit 7.1 Heat Island Effect, Non-Roof
  • Credit 7.2 Heat Island Effect, Roof
  • Credit 8 Light Pollution Reduction

Water Conservation

Water Conservation credits promote smarter use of water, inside and out, to reduce potable water consumption.

  • Prereq 1 – Water Use Reduction, 20% Reduction
  • Credit 1.1 – Water Efficient Landscaping, Reduce by 50%
  • Credit 1.2 – Water Efficient Landscaping, No Potable Use or No Irrigation
  • Credit 2 – Innovative Wastewater Technologies
  • Credit 3.1 – Water Use Reduction, 30% Reduction
  • Credit 3.2 – Water Use Reduction, 40% Reduction

Energy and Atmosphere

Energy & atmosphere credits promote better building energy performance through innovative strategies.

  • Prereq 1 – Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems
  • Prereq 2 – Minimum Energy Performance: 10% New Bldgs or 5% Existing Bldg Renovations
  • Prereq 3 – Fundamental Refrigerant Management
  • Credit 1 – Optimize Energy Performance: 12% – 48%
  • Credit 2 – On-Site Renewable Energy 1%-13%
  • Credit 3 – Enhanced Commissioning
  • Credit 4 – Enhanced Refrigerant Management
  • Credit 5 – Measurement & Verification
  • Credit 6 – Green Power

Materials and Resources

Materials & resources credits encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste.

  • Prereq 1 Storage & Collection of Recyclables
  • Credit 1.1 Building Reuse, Maintain of Existing Walls, Floors & Roof
  • Credit 1.2 Building Reuse, Maintain of Interior Non-Structural Elements
  • Credit 2 Construction Waste Management.
  • Credit 3.1 Materials Reuse, 5% – 10%
  • Credit 4 Recycled Content, (post-consumer + pre-consumer)
  • Credit 5.1 Regional Materials. Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally 
  • Credit 6 Rapidly Renewable Materials
  • Credit 7 Certified Wood

Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor environmental quality credits promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views.

  • Prereq 1 Minimum IAQ Performance
  • Prereq 2 Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control Required
  • Credit 1 Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
  • Credit 2 Increased Ventilation
  • Credit 3.1 Construction IAQ Management Plan, During Construction
  • Credit 3.2 Construction IAQ Management Plan, Before Occupancy
  • Credit 4.1 Low-Emitting Materials, Adhesives & Sealants
  • Credit 4.2 Low-Emitting Materials, Paints & Coatings
  • Credit 4.3 Low-Emitting Materials, Flooring Systems
  • Credit 4.4 Low-Emitting Materials, Composite Wood & Agrifiber Products
  • Credit 5 Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Source Control Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Source Control
  • Credit 6.1 Controllability of Systems, Lighting
  • Credit 6.2 Controllability of Systems, Thermal Comfort
  • Credit 7.1 Thermal Comfort, Design
  • Credit 7.2 Thermal Comfort, Verification
  • Credit 8.1 Daylight & Views, Daylight for 75% of Spaces
  • Credit 8.2 Daylight & Views, Views for 90% of Spaces

 

 

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