LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C) Sustainable Building
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. This page focuses on LEED for New Construction (NC), or as it’s now referred to, “LEED for Building Design and Construction” (LEED-BD+C). LEED for New Construction was the first official LEED Rating System released. LEED NC remains applicable to most building types, and each version released has become more stringent and challenging… continuing to pull the building industry toward more sustainable buildings.
Interested in pursuing LEED on your next commercial sustainable building project?
LEED-BD+C 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 Design (ID), and
- Regional Priority (RP)
This version of LEED is most applicable to high-rise residential, commercial offices, and industrial parks. Here is a nice chart, albeit a little dated, illustrating how many of each building type were going through LEED-NC:
Here is some additional information from the USGBC about LEED for Building Design +Construction.
Why consider LEED BD+C Certification?
LEED is the defacto “Green Building Rating System” of the United States. Buildings carrying the LEED-BD+C (or LEED NC) 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-BD+C is designed for forward thinking building owners and property managers who are invested in high performance buildings. And once you have a great building get ready for another rating system: 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!
Why do we need a LEED Consultant?
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.
Collectively we’ve project managed almost 50 LEED projects … and while LEED evolves there will always be a learning curve… we’re not on the steep part of that curve!