From fashion to food, it seems like every industry is going green. Just look at the zero waste grocery stores, sustainable clothing brands and plastic straw bans. Needless to say, the green movement is here to stay.
The construction and design markets are no exception. After all, buildings are major consumers of resources and energy. They also produce millions of tons of waste each year.
However, this also means that buildings have the capacity to make a difference. It comes down to adopting sustainable and cost-effective features – and it’s up to building owners and designers to make that happen.
This is why becoming LEED certified is so valuable. And as you earn LEED credits, you’ll be one step closer to enjoying the benefits of green buildings — today, tomorrow and beyond.
LEED is the leading standard of green building design.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building certification. It was created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide standards for green construction, design and maintenance of buildings.
LEED-certified facilities meet specific guidelines of sustainability and efficiency. This means they save more water, energy and resources — and produce less waste — than their conventional counterparts. They’re also healthier and more comfortable for the people that use them.
The best part? The LEED framework can be applied to all types of buildings, including retail stores, office spaces and even entire school campuses. There is also a LEED for every kind of project, whether a building is being built from the ground up or going through renovation.
A LEED-certified building has major perks for everyone.
LEED buildings benefit owners and occupants alike.
To start, compared to typical buildings, LEED buildings use 25% less energy and 11% less water. Maintenance costs are also cheaper, dropping by almost 20%. Additionally, investing in a green building increases its property value by an average of 4%.
Wondering how those numbers translate to dollars? According to USGBC’s Green Building Economic Impact Report, from 2015 to 2018, LEED buildings are estimated to save $1.2 billion in energy costs. During that same time frame, they are expected to see $149.5 million in water savings, $715.3 million in maintenance savings and $54.2 million in waste savings.
For occupants, a LEED facility offers a healthy indoor environment. It’s also more appealing, especially as the benefits of green design gain more attention.
Simply put, it’s a win-win for everyone.
To become LEED certified, you need LEED credits.
The LEED certification program is made of three components: prerequisites, credits and points.
Prerequisites: First, a building needs to meet certain prerequisites. These minimum requirements are like the groundwork for the entire process.
Credits: Next, it’s time to earn LEED credits. These are elements or aspects of your building that meet various standards. Generally, different credits work best for different project types.
Points: Every credit is worth a certain amount of points. The grand total determines your level of LEED certification: LEED Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
Credits are where the magic happens. Because you’re free to choose any credits that suit your project, you can make a building truly special.
Earn LEED credits with our beautiful green living walls.
Our vertical gardens qualify for LEED credits in a range of categories, including Sustainable Sites, Energy and Atmosphere, Material and Resources, Innovation and Sound Abatement.
They’ll get you one step closer to LEED certification, the globally recognized standard of sustainability.
Plus, since our living walls are flexible and adaptable, it’s easy for any space to enjoy the benefits of plants. The self-irrigation technology will also make maintenance a breeze.