LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system is a third-part certification that verifies that your project is designed, built and operated the way it was intended. If you’re serious about saving money, conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice.
LEED is flexible enough to apply to all project types.
Each rating system groups requirements that address the unique needs of building and project types on their path towards LEED certification. Once a project team chooses a rating system, they’ll use the appropriate credits to guide design and operational decisions. There are five rating systems that address multiple project types:
- Building Design and Construction
- Interior Design and Construction
- Building Operations and Maintenance
- Neighborhood Development
Each rating system is made up of a combination of credit categories.
Within each of the credit categories, there are specific prerequisites projects must satisfy and a varitey of credits projects can pursue to earn points. The number of points the project earns determines its level of LEED certification. Some of the credit categories include:
- Integrative Process
- Location and Transportation
- Materials and Resources
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Sustainable Sites
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Regional Priority Credits
Individuals can also earn LEED® accreditation by becoming LEED® Accredited Professionals. Individuals earn this distinction by completing a comprehensive exam demonstrating their LEED® awareness and aptitude.
Ruth Pletcher, Project Manager Assistant, passed the LEED Certification Exam to become a LEED Accredited Professional in August 2008. As a LEED AP, she is be involved in the preparation of required documentation for LEED certified projects and assists in identifying sustainable design opportunities for all DJ’s clients and their building projects.
When asked why she decided to pursue LEED accreditation, Pletcher responds, “I think LEED and sustainable building practices will become common in the construction industry and will require some level of knowledge from everyone in this field. I wanted to be ahead of the curve in order to offer the best possible service to DJ Construction and our clients.”
Estimators Pat Gross and Adam Tohulka passed the LEED Certification Exam in January 2009. Their accreditation expands DJ Construction’s ability to remain on the cutting edge of sustainable design and construction by offering knowledge and expertise during the design and estimating process to clients interested in green building.