To build and outfit buildings with greener solutions for construction, design, operations, and maintenance, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) framework can help your business achieve LEED certification. Getting your building LEED certified is an important action to take to demonstrate commitment to greener practices. Integrating solar photovoltaic systems in your buildings is one way to help meet LEED certification. We work with corporate clients on a variety of LEED certified projects Seattle.
The U.S. Green Building Council created the LEED certification process in 2000. It helps ensure that buildings are constructed, operated, and maintained to high standards in areas of environmental and human health. This might come in different forms, such as sustainable site development, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and water savings. Solar systems are one way that your business can improve its energy efficiency.
While it is definitely not necessary to seek LEED certification for your business, it can definitely benefit it in several ways. For example, your buildings will be more energy efficient, built to the highest industry standards, and kinder to the environment. Over the long-term, this enhances your business’ investment in the building and increases its overall value.
Additionally, LEED certification is great for corporate public relations. Customers want to support businesses that do more than just seek a profit. They want to give their money to companies that do well by their employees, people they purchase supplies from, and who try to support green, environmentally-savvy practices.
The key performance areas for LEED certification points include sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design process, and regional priority credits. This 100-point scale provides credits weighted to show their effects on the environment.
By adding solar projects to your building, you can make a large dent in your LEED certification requirements. With a photovoltaic system, you get points toward the energy and atmosphere category. The EA Credit 2, or the “on-site renewable energy” credit can give your organization 7 points. This can be more than 17 percent of all the points needed for certification. The amount of points your building can receive is based on the percentage of its energy costs that are balanced by on-site renewable energy. For example, if one percent of the building’s energy costs are provided by solar energy, that is one LEED point, and 13 percent is 7 LEED points. In the middle, if 7 percent of your building’s energy costs are offset by solar power, that translates to 7 LEED points.
Other LEED certified projects Seattle could include solar parking canopy projects and solar renewable energy credit procurement programs.