LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the national standard for sustainable construction, maintenance and restoration created by the United States Green Building Council, offers certification for structures that meet established conservation criteria. Launched in April of 2009, this version of LEED builds on the previous certification model, to create an even more robust third-party verification system.
What is LEED?
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a national standard developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is a nationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED also provides the building industry with consistent, credible standards for the design and maintenance of buildings that are healthy places for their occupants, energy efficient and cost efficient, and built with sustainablevmaterials in a sustainable way.
Why is LEED important?
We live in a world where concerns about the environment and about sustainable development (minimizing the impact of the way we consume renewable resources) are a necessary and growing consideration for everyone. Business and industry are paying attention to this trend because energy efficiency also affects overhead and profitability, as well as reflecting good citizen values. According to the USGBC, LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate and maintain, are healthier places to live and work in, and conserve our natural resources (see www.usgbc.org for more information).
What is LEED certification?
LEED certification is a third-party validation of a building's green performance, and it demonstrates that building green can provide benefits without higher costs. LEED credits are awarded based on criteria in five categories of performance. Architects and building planners apply for this certification, and a building project must meet prerequisites to be registered. A project must also achieve the minimum number of points to earn a basic "Certified" level of LEED certification. The number of points the project earns determines the level of LEED certification (Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum).
T&S and LEED
With LEED 2009, several changes have been implemented to make the certification even better. Some of these developments address the increasing environmental concern for conserving freshwater.
Because T&S is a market leader in creating products that drastically cut water usage, we’re able to provide you with more point-earning power under the new LEED system. Though LEED doesn’t certify products, T&S can contribute to LEED certification in three specific categories: Water Efficiency, Innovation and Design and Regional Priority.
Can products be LEED-certified?
No. LEED applies to green building projects, and the USGBC does not endorse or certify the products or services of any company. However, individual manufacturers' products can contribute credits under the LEED rating system. Many T&S products can help contribute to two of the five categories of performance – Water Efficiency and Materials and Resources. T&S has long been interested in the relationship between the environment and how our products are engineered. We anticipated an energy-efficient market demand over 20 years ago with our B-0107-C low-flow spray valve. Our electronic sensor faucets have long offered quality plumbing with reduced flow. And many of our water-efficient faucets, fittings and pre-rinse units have been on the market for over a decade.
For more information on T&S and LEED, contact your T&S Sales Representative.