What is LEED?,

Whenever dealing with green building and living, you come across the abbreviation LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is the new benchmark in going green. LEED Certification provides independent, third party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. Benefits include:

Lower operating costs and increased asset value
Reduced waste sent to landfills
Conserved energy and water
Healthier and safer environment for building occupants
Reduced harmful greenhouse gas emissions
Ability to qualify for tax rebates, government incentives and zoning allowances
Increased marketability and PR value
Improved overall productivity
LEED Certification is awarded by an accumulation of credits by the USGBC, the United States Green Building Council. The USGBC is a world renowned non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to a whole new generation. USGBC also administers tests for individuals and organizations to become LEED certified.

Building construction as well as product choices are key components in achieving LEED certification. Greentorch for example offers two different types of eco-friendly products that help attain LEED credits - commercial safety lighting & general illumination lighting.

Greentorch’s line of non-electrical, photoluminescent exit signs help achieve a number of credits. The exit signs are produced from over 90% recycled content and use NO electricity. These attributes help earn points in:

EA Credit #1- Energy and Atmosphere: Optimize Energy Performance (1-10 points)
MR Credit #4- Materials and Resources: Recycled Content (1-2 points)
ID Credit #1.1- Innovation in Design: Exceptional Performance (1-4 points)

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I've found that the easiest way to start with LEED is to help projects save energy and water, since this is where they can save money as well as the environment. The other parts come later once the building sees how affordable it really is and how much it improves a building

Written in June 2010

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