Sustainable Design and the LEED Green Building Rating System

Sustainable LEED Green Building Design

What is LEED?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ was first developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 to provide a set of standards in which environmentally sustainable construction could be measured. Their goal is to give “building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.”

To do this, LEED identifies a building’s performance in the categories of Sustainability, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in design. Each category is then broken down into Pre-Requisite and Credit segments, such as Storage and Collection of Recyclables, Water Use Reduction, Stormwater Design and Recycled Content. Each credit is assigned a potential number of points. The total amount of points a building is able to obtain through the LEED process earns it a Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum ranking.

Why should I try to obtain a LEED ranking for my building?

Green designs provide financial benefits that conventional designs do not. The increased energy efficiency of green buildings reduces heating and electric bills, water usage and waste, and the costs of operations and maintenance. Green buildings have also been shown to enhance occupant productivity and health. Tax benefits are also available with the higher levels of LEED certification.

How do perforations help me earn LEED points?

Perforated metal sun louvers for building windows allow occupants to enjoy exterior views and a comfortable level of natural light, reducing the amount of artificial light needed during the day. They also allow architects to manage the amount of interior heat build-up from the sun, so HVAC systems use less energy and provide a more consistent interior climate.

How does Accurate Perforating help me earn additional points for regional considerations?

Up to four bonus points can be awarded to a project from among the six benchmarks defined for each region. Regional priority credits that Accurate Perforating can help you earn include points for:

  • Materials supplied within 500 miles of the job site
  • Materials containing 20% or more recycled content
  • Material with a low VOC finish
  • Applications that reduce the overall energy requirements of the building, such as the use of sunscreens to reduce heat gain

LEED Green Design is good for the environment and good for your business. Call Accurate Perforating today at (800) 621-0273 to talk about your green initiatives.