Climate change, environmental impacts and high energy costs have become significant concerns for individuals and businesses nationwide. Sustainable design can reduce these negative impacts and offer benefits such as:
- Improved working environment for building occupants
- Increased occupancy rates
- Decreased operating costs
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed a system called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. LEED provides designers and engineers with guidance for sustainable design and construction by providing a checklist to help guide decisions on various aspects of the design and construction process. LEED also offers certification systems focused specifically on the needs of education and healthcare buildings. If you are planning a major construction or renovation project, consider the benefits of pursuing LEED certification to achieve sustainable site development.