Keeping it Green

LEED & Green Building

Facts about LEEDU.S. Green Building Council

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System has set the standard in America for designing, operating, and constructing today’s green buildings.
Through LEED criteria the success of constructing and operating a green building can now be documented and measured.
LEED Green building has changed the way we build and operate properties and dispose of construction and demolition debris.

LEED Certification
To become a candidate for LEED certification, a building project must meet the requirements and performance standards within each LEED category and earn the minimum number of points to qualify. Projects can earn either a Silver, Gold, or Platinum LEED certification to become a LEED-certified building.
Credit Categories and Points
Sustainable Sites 14
Water 5
Energy and Atmosphere 17
Materials and Resources 13
Indoor Environmental Quality 15
Sub Total 64
Innovation and Design Process 4
LEED Accredited Professional 1
Total Points Available 69

LEED Certification Points
In the Materials and Resources Category of LEED Certification, 2 points can be earned from for MR credits
MR Credit 2: Construction and Demolition Waste Management
Intent
Divert construction, demolition, and land clearing debris from landfill disposal
Redirect recyclable resources back to manufacturing process
Redirect reusable materials to appropriate sites
Requirements (2 points)
Level 1: Develop and implement a waste management plan quantifying material diversion goals. Recycle and /or salvage at least 50% of construction and demolition land clearing waste. Calculations can be done by weight or volume but must be consistent throughout.
Level 2: Develop and implement a waste management plan quantifying material diversion goals. Recycle and or/salvage an additional 25% (75% total) of construction and demolition land clearing waste. Calculations can be done by weight or volume but must be consistent throughout.

For information about LEEDs, visit www.usgbc.org