LEED Audit and Certification
LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design developed by the U.S. Green Buildings Council. It provides a set of measurement standards to evaluate environmentally sustainable buildings.
LEED is a voluntary certification program that can be applied to any type of building (both commercial and residential) and concerns the entire life cycle of the building, from design to construction.
LEED promotes an approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas of the buildings, such as:
- Efficient energy management
- Efficient water management
- Efficient waste management
- Sustainability of the Materials and resources used
- Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
- Innovations in design and site selection
- Regional priorities constraints
THE EVALUATION PROCESS
The rating system is based on the ‘credits’ for each requirement.Credits are assigned to each each category and the sums of the credits is the certification’s level obtained by the building. Whether or not it can be considered a Green Building, is a matter of number of credits: from Basic LEED certification to Platinum certification.
THE COSTS OF LEED CERTIFICATION
The cost of certification varies depending on the type of certification and is calculated in proportion to the surface of the property. There is also a registration fee, which is not always applicable. Favorable conditions apply in the case of projects involving multiple properties.
WHAT IS PRACTICALLY DONE TO CERTIFY A LEED BUILDING
It is necessary at first to distinguish whether it is:
• A new building (commercial building, office, recreation, production).
• The restoration of an existing building. A structural intervention.
• Schools, shops, hospitals.
• Residential building.
Next, our LEED Accredited engineers at Pactive need to map the characteristics of the project compared to the credits provided by different standards; register the project at the Green Building Certification Institute and submit a formal request to the providing adequate documentation for the various stages of design and construction. Follow the processing of the request by the entity and the Certification, following the completion of the work.