The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has been internationally recognized as a certification system for environmentally friendly buildings. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, $464 million worth of construction registers with LEED each day. Since 2000, the LEED membership has nearly quadrupled to nearly 20,000 member organizations. Because the trend to build, update, or renovate a building in an environmentally friendly way has significantly increased over the past few years, McGraw-Hill Construction’s Green Outlook 2009 forecasts that this type of construction could nearly triple by 2013 and potentially reach $90-$140 billion.
LEED certification is currently available for:
- New buildings
- Existing buildings
- Neighborhood development
- Commercial interiors
- New core and shell design
The LEED system works by a series of points that allow a building to become certified on different levels. With 100 points possible, a building could become Certified with 40-49 points. A silver certification would include 50-59 points, while a Gold certification would possess 60-79 points. The platinum certification is awarded to buildings earning over 80 points. A building earns points for different implementations and measures which range from initial building site design and construction to indoor quality to materials and resources.
As a company considers their options when building, they may question why it is important to become LEED certified. Aside from demonstrating the owner or company’s commitment and personal responsibility to the green initiatives, there are a number of incentives to encourage LEED cortication:
- More desirable work and living conditions
- Healthier occupants
- Increased employee production and moral
- Decreased energy and water consumption
- Many cities now offering tax rebates, zoning allowances, or additional incentives
- Buyers/Renters will pay more for a green home or office space
- While the initial construction of a LEED certified building may be financially higher, many companies rest assured that over several years the savings in energy consumption and also employee/tenant benefits well justify the green construction.
If you are considering attaining LEED certification, it is very important to work with companies who understand the system. Often times, companies can lose time and money when working with a construction company or manufacturer who is unfamiliar with the LEED system. They may take additional time to research the prerequisites and requirements. They may also waste time implementing measures or building material that does not earn them any or the maximum number of points. If you are serious in your pursuit of certification, question their knowledge and understanding of the LEED system before hiring a construction company or purchasing products from a manufacturer.
Hendrick Manufacturing designs and develops products from post-industrial and post-consumer recycled material. Perforated metal sunshades serve as an innovative measure to control the amount of sunlight that enters a building, as well as the temperature and climate while still allowing comfortable indoor lighting. The perforated sunscreens can be customized according to an architect’s design and specifications.
Building cladding can also be constructed as a stylish component that also saves energy and heating/cooling costs by adding additional insulation. It can also be designed to protect the building from natural elements such as rain or snow. Wall and ceiling cladding serve as insulation and even noise reducing measures.
Perforated panels can also offer increased heating and air ventilation performance, while reducing noise in the room. When considering perforated sunshades, cladding, and perforated panels, it important for you to choose a design and style that is aesthetically pleasing, yet functional. Hendrick Manufacturing works with the customer or architect to design such a piece.
Hendrick Manufacturing can help you acquire LEED points through a wide assortment of their products. You could obtain 1 LEED point for ensuring 75% of regularly occupied areas are functionally daylit, or you could acquire up to 19 points for implementing reduced energy consumption. Because Hendrick Manufacturing uses products that are post industrial and post consumer recycled, you could obtain 2 LEED points each for regional or recycled content.
The statistics show that green building construction is the newest trend. If you want to prove your commitment to the environment by becoming LEED certified, carefully choose construction companies and manufacturers who are familiar with the LEED certification system.