Leed Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

11/18/14

 
Builders and buyers are constantly trying to achieve a better home while trying to save money and resources while having a positive impact on the health of the occupants along with promoting renewable, clean energy. LEED stands for green building leadership and is transforming the way we construct homes through positive ways in which buildings and communities are designed, maintained, and operated. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. In order to receive the certification projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. The project manager has the ability to choose one of several rating systems with each system addressing the unique needs of the type of building and project. Once a rating system is chosen they'll use the appropriate credits to guide the project.
 
There are five rating systems that address the different types of projects; Building Design and Construction, Interior Design and Construction, Building Operations and Maintenance, Neighborhood Development, and Homes. Building Design and Construction applies to new construction or major renovations. Interior Design and Construction is for projects that are a complete interior fit-out. Building Operation and Maintenance applies to existing buildings undergoing improvement with little or no construction, Neighborhood Development applies to new land development or redevelopment. Homes can apply to single-family, multi-family (both low and mid-rise).

Each rating system is made up of credit categories and within each category are specific prerequisites projects must satisfy to earn points. These categories include Integrative Process, Location and Transportation Materials and Resources, Water efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Sustainable sites, Indoor environmental quality, Innovation, Green infrastructure and buildings, and Neighborhood pattern and design.

The number of points a project earns will determine the level of LEED certification. The levels range from Certified (lowest), silver, gold, to platinum being the highest.

You may ask why I would choose the LEED building path. If you are serious about saving money, conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation than LEED is the best choice. 

Currently seeking LEED certification is the project of Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, a continuing care retirement community located on Airport-Pulling Road and Golden Gate parkway in Naples, Florida. When the community is complete it will include luxury residences in 12 buildings, a clubhouse, Center for Healthy Living, an Assisted Living and Memory Care facility, and three 80,000 square foot gardens.

For more information on real estate in Naples, Florida please contact Adam Carriero at 239-641-3876 or adam@gcipnaples.com

Please contact Adam Carriero at adam@gcipnaples.com or 239.641.3876. I am available for consultation on the Naples, Florida, market.
 
 
 

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