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LEED®

Now that you have decided to use sustainable materials and build "green", it is the goal of L&J Waste Recycling to assist you in managing your waste within specifications of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED®-NC 2.2 standards.

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The following information is designed to help you understand the process and meet the requirements for building green and waste disposal. We hope to help ensure that you have a safe working environment for your employees, while promoting a greener, healthier project for our environment - and acquiring the necessary points needed to have your project LEED®-NC Certified.

What is LEED®?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System TM encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

LEED® is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED® gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance. LEED® promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Who uses LEED®?

Architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, lenders, and government officials all use LEED® to help transform the built environment to sustainability. State and local governments across the country are adopting LEED® for public-owned and public-funded buildings. There are LEED® initiatives in federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Energy, and State. LEED® projects are in progress in 41 different countries, including Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and India.

How is LEED® Developed?

LEED® Rating Systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED® committees. Each volunteer committee is composed of a diverse group of practitioners and experts representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry. The key elements of USGBC's consensus process includes a balanced and transparent committee structure, technical advisory groups, that ensure scientific consistency and rigor, opportunities for stakeholder comment and review, member ballot of new rating systems, and a fair and open appeals process.

How Are Points Accumulated?

Different LEED® versions have varied scoring systems based on a set of required prerequisites as in the categories listed above. In LEED® v2.2 for new construction and major renovations for commercial building, there are 69 possible points and buildings can qualify for four levels of certification.

No. LEED® Categories Number of Prerequisites Number of Credits Maximum Number of Points
1 Sustainable Sites 1 8 14
2 Water Efficiency - 3 5
3 Energy and Atmosphere 3 6 17
4 Materials and Resources 1 7 13
5 Indoor Environmental Quality 2 8 15
6 Innovation and Design Process - 2 5
TOTAL 7 34 69

Certification Levels - Different LEED® versions have varied scoring systems based on a set of required prerequisites as in the categories listed above. In LEED® v2.2 for new construction and major renovations for commercial building, there are 69 possible points and buildings can qualify for four levels of certification.

Certification Level Points
Certified 26-32
Silver 33-38
Gold 39-51
Platinum 52-69

While the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rate System is a voluntary building certification program, it is the only nationally accepted standard for sustainable design, construction, and operation. It shows how much energy is being used, how much water is being used, what the building is made of, where the materials came from - like clothing labels.

How many points a building accrues determines the building's level of certification, of which there are four (Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum).

For some patrons, a building with LEED® certification offers the opportunity of "choice" about where to sleep or eat.