In the past, our general contractor has explained the growing standard of green construction. For economic, branding, and environmental reasons, it behooves business owners to invest going green in their next construction project. But how do you convey to your clients that your building is environmentally friendly? How do you know your project actually is environmentally friendly? The easiest and most popular way to establish this is by using the LEED certification process.
What Is the LEED Certification Process?
Created in the early mid-90s, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design process is a program that directs building owners and general contractors to create environmentally friendly buildings and to use resources effectively. The U.S Green Building Council is the managing organization for LEED certification. Their website includes the LEED guidelines for what constitutes as an “environmentally conscious building” and their ranking system. The ranking system is simple. Certified is first honor you can achieve, silver is the third highest honor, gold is the second highest honor and, finally, platinum is the highest honor for a LEED certified building.
The organization uses a scorecard to rank the building’s environmental friendliness. After the construction project is complete, a representative from the organization of LEED certification reviews and grades the project. If the project meets specific guidelines, the organization will issue the honor.
Why getting a LEED certificated building is not as easy as it sounds
Considering the multiple factors judged by the U.S. Green Building Council, creating an environmentally friendly building requires strategy and the best commercial construction experts. Remember that not all general contracting firms are businesses specializing in LEED construction. The biggest contributor to lowering your LEED score is lack of preparation. So what can you do?
Let Nigro Construction Handle the LEED Certification Process
At Nigro Construction, our commercial construction experts are experienced in building LEED certified buildings. We’ve worked with the U.S Green Building Council multiple times and we have a 30-year history of delivering on our client’s wishes. Meet with our team today and get the LEED certified building of your dreams.