LEED: Week 2

This past week we’ve been learning the basics of LEED certification.  Our building, the Student Resources Building, is participating in Version 4 of Operations and Management: Existing Buildings.  We started by familiarizing ourselves with the LEED credits.  These credits are the criteria by which a building earns points for certification.  Credits fall into the following categories:

  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Innovation
  • Regional Priority

The majority of the points possible go towards the Energy and Atmosphere credit category (38 out of 110). But it’s also interesting to note that LEED gives points for geographically specific credits.  The Regional Priority category is made up of four credits specific to the zip-code the building is located in.  Here in the 93101 zip-code, these credits are:

  • Optimize Energy Efficiency Performance
  • On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
  • Daylight and Views
  • Solid Waste Management- Ongoing Consumables
  • Alternative Commuting Transportation
  • Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixtures and Fitting Efficiency

We can choose to achieve up to four of these credits.

Next week we are meeting with the building’s stakeholders to learn more about their specific goals and ways we can work together to achieve LEED Gold for the SRB.

For more information about LEED and the certification process head to USGBC.org

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