What is LEED Existing Buildings O&M – LEED EBOM?
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification program, providing third-party verification that a building or community incorporates strategies aimed at improving environmental performance. There are LEED Rating Systems for new construction, but this page focuses on LEED for Operations & Maintenance. Many prefer “LEED-EBOM,” since this version of LEED was previously known as LEED for Existing Buildings.
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There are several reasons building owners and management companies rely on green building consultants to set up and facilitate LEED-EBOM.
LEED is like anything else. The first time you take a building through the rating process you run into a lot of pitfalls, have to develop systems and templates, and learn a lot. It’s a great process… but a process that takes time and has opportunity costs. Hiring a third-party LEED consultant means time savings and generally higher scores for the LEED building. Healthy Building Science has developed a streamlined system for efficiently getting buildings through the certification process. And we help create monitoring programs that are easy to manage and populate over the life of the building.
What is included in LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EBOM)?
LEED-EBOM is a consensus-developed, third party-verified rating system that provides a basis for quantifying the benefits of sustainable operations. The rating system measures a building’s performance based on seven categories:
- Sustainable Sites (SS)
- Water Efficiency (WE)
- Energy & Atmosphere (EA)
- Materials and Resources (MR)
- Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
- Innovation in Operations (IO), and
- Regional Priority (RP)
Each LEED-EBOM project undergoes onsite inspections and performance monitoring to ensure proper performance over time. Buildings certified under any other LEED rating system are automatically registered under LEED-EBOM, but there are continuous measures that must be taken for any building to maintain LEED-EBOM certification, including energy and water monitoring and reporting.
Here is some additional data about LEED for Existing Buildings straight from the USGBC.
Why consider LEED-EB Certification?
Buildings carrying the LEED-EB certification are proud of their sustainability achievements and generally make great local press stories. Having the most recognized third-party green building stamp of approval on your front door can help bring in investors and tenants, and it also helps to optimize energy and water use.
Beyond energy, achieving LEED certification is a mark of leadership in the building and operations industries, clearly differentiating a building as among the best in the country. LEED is like the nutrition label that demonstrates in measurable terms how a building incorporates efficient features, with the added assurance that the final product has been third party-verified and performance tested.
LEED-EB is designed for forward thinking building owners and property managers who are invested in high performance building upkeep. Once you have a great building… LEED for Existing Buildings can help keep it great… and even make it better over time!
No matter what level of certification a buildings earns… any level of LEED certification is considered a noteworthy accomplishment.