LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED certificate provides clients and occupants market recognition for high performance of so called Green buildings.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is a suite of rating criteria for life cycle of green buildings; it is even focused on sustainable building design as a whole.
Certification system guarantees (by an independent third party) that the building has been designed and built according to strategy focused on getting the best possible results in key areas of environment and human health. A certificated LEED rates Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality.
By succeeding in getting the LEED certificate developers immediately obtain means for measuring the performance of their buildings and their impact on environment. Buildings with LEED certificate have not only environmental benefits but also financial benefits for investors and occupants.
LEED assesses the building and technological units and surroundings in the following sections:
All sections are evaluated in the order of their importance within the system.While for the non-certified buildings in the Czech Republic is energy consumption evaluated using an energy performance certificate of the building (EPC), LEED certification requires mandatory much more detailed evaluation of all energy consumption in the building by utilizing a dynamic energy model and including all energy consumption and all factors and inputs with influence on energy consumption in the building. The output from this model then serves not only the needs of LEED certification, but provides the owner or prospective tenants realistic picture of the operational costs even for individual tenant premises.
Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:
Certified 40-50 points
Silver 50-60 points
Gold 60-70 points
Platinum 80+ points
In the Czech republic following rating systems are used in LEED v4:
LEED was developed to address all buildings everywhere, regardless of where they are in their life cycle. From hospitals to data centers, from historical buildings to those still in the design phase, there is a LEED for every building. The system LEED have been updated in 2013 - LEED is designed to be more flexible and improve the overall user experience. LEED v4 is bolder and more specialized for building projects worldwide.
We are USGBC members, which brings to our client 20% discount on registration and certification fees.
For actual information about number of certified buildings click here:
Arcadis je přední světová firma zabývající se projekty a poradenstvím v oblastech přírodních zdrojů a staveb, jež prostřednictvím úzké spolupráce se svými klienty a s využitím služeb v oblastech návrhů, poradenství, inženýringu, projektů a řízení vytváří výjimečné a udržitelné výsledky.