LEED Certification, Decertification, and Downcertification. Be Prepared.

August 11, 2009
Meredith DuBarry Huston
Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

Are you looking for a way to gain tax credits, expedited permitting, or premium rents for an upcoming project? Do you want your project to use energy, water or other natural resources more efficiently?  You may want to pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for your project.  The widely recognized LEED benchmark provides for third party verification of a project’s sustainability performance by the Green Building Certification Institute(GBCI). Using a checklist, projects including new residential and commercial, construction, schools, hospitals, and even neighborhoods, are awarded pointsfor measures including site selection, indoor air quality, water conservation, energy effi ciency, and use of recycled or sustainably sourced materials. Buildings are rated as Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum based on the number.

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