With eco-friendly practices being a preference all around the world in every industry - state, local, and federal government should be setting the example to achieve energy cost-saving tactics in their facilities, communities, and environment. According to epa.gov, “Energy used by commercial and industrial buildings in the United States is responsible for nearly 50 percent of our national emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) that contribute to global climate change.” Get the concise facts and data about LEED through an infographic developed by Arch Daily and shared by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) below: What is LEED? LEED certifies that a building and/or community is designed and built using strategies to achieve high performance and quality in key areas in human and environmental health. Using a point system to measure certification, the USGBC has created categories to direct development to LEED standards. Rating levels consist of certified, silver, gold, and platinum with a minimum 40-point rating requirement. What it measures:
- Sustainable sites
- Water efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Material & Resources
- Indoor environmental quality
- Regional priority
- Innovation in design
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