LEED Certified Buildings March 9, 2013

LEED CERTIFIED BUILDING

Atlanta is home to over 179 certified LEED projects across an array of building types.

The Atlanta Public Safety Headquarters and the International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are both LEED Certified buildings. Additionally, any new construction or major renovation to a City of Atlanta facility must be done, at minimum, to LEED Silver standard.

What is LEED?

LEED is an internationally recognized green building program. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED addresses the entire lifecycle of a building. Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately impact their building’s performance and bottom line, while providing healthy indoor spaces for a building’s occupants. LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries. International projects, those outside the United States, make up more than 50% of the total LEED registered square footage. LEED unites us in a single global community and provides regional solutions, while recognizing local realities.

How it works
For commercial buildings and neighborhoods a project must satisfy all LEED prerequisites and earn a minimum of 40 points on a 110-­point LEED rating system scale. Homes must earn a minimum of 45 points on a 136 ­point scale.

To learn more about LEED visit our local U.S. Green Building Council branch here http://www.usgbcga.org/branches/atlanta