Many Denver roofing contractors try to be environmentally responsible, but ASAP Roofing sets the standard. Hail storms can have a major impact on the environment just because of the amount of discarded asphalt shingle roofs. It is important for roofing contractors to work with home owners to address these issues.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) is the US Green Building Council’s certification for sustainable buildings. The USGBC community shares a common goal: everyone learns works and lives in a green building within this generation. To accomplish this admirable goal USGBC holds online classes on sustainability, hosts a directory of individual members, companies, and projects, and offers certifications for professionals interested in furthering the green movement. The USGBC certification for buildings, LEED, has recently been gaining ground, with students at the University of Colorado Boulder demanding that all new construction be LEED certified.
In order to achieve LEED certification, however, a building must first be rated, and approved. Rating systems are groups of requirements that projects must achieve for LEED certification, with each group geared towards the unique needs of a project or building type. Utilized for healthcare facilities, schools, homes and even entire neighborhoods, each project earns points to satisfy green building requirements for each of the LEED credit categories, as well as prerequisites for the category. The number of points a project earns determines its level of LEED certification.
Here is what is listed on the USGBC website as the main credit categories
- Sustainable sites credits encourage strategies that minimize the impact on ecosystems and water resources.
- Water efficiency credits promote smarter use of water, inside and out, to reduce potable water consumption.
- Energy & atmosphere credits promote better building energy performance through innovative strategie
- Materials & resources credits encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste.
- Indoor environmental quality credits promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views.
Additional LEED for Neighborhood Development credit categories
- Smart location & linkage credits promote walkable neighborhoods with efficient transportation options and open space.
- Neighborhood pattern & design credits emphasize compact, walkable, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods with good connections to nearby communities.
- Green infrastructure & buildings credits reduce the environmental consequences of the construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure.
Additional LEED for Homes credit categories
- Location & linkage credits encourage construction on previously developed or infill sites and promotes walkable neighborhoods with access to efficient transportation options and open space.
- Awareness & education credits encourage home builders and real estate professionals to provide homeowners, tenants and building managers with the education and tools they need to understand and make the most of the green building features of their home.
Two bonus credit categories
- Innovation in design or innovation in operations credits address sustainable building expertise as well as design measures not covered under the five LEED credit categories. Six bonus points are available in this category.
- Regional priority credits address regional environmental priorities for buildings in different geographic regions. Four bonus points are available in this category.
Leading the way through innovative design, LEED demonstrates the value of environmental savings as measured by cost reductions in energy, water and waste over the life of the building. Now used by almost all construction and real estate professionals, and yes, roofers as well, LEED is quickly becoming the green industry standard.
State and local governments across the country are also adopting LEED for public-owned and public-funded buildings, with federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Energy, and State, operating LEED initiatives.
And LEED projects are in progress in 135 different countries – among these Canada, Brazil, Mexico and India. Indeed, the first LEED certified orphanage has just been constructed in Haiti.
Here are some examples of well supported public green roofing projects:
Clinton Memorial Library, Little Rock, AR (2008)
Zurich Central Railway Station, Zurich, Switzerland. We had too many examples of biodiversity already in this category, especially from über-biodiversity-friendly Switzerland.
North Park 500, Atlanta, GA. Our Institutional & Office Parks category was full here, too.
To find out more about LEED rating, certification and projects, visit, https://new.usgbc.org/leed
To find out how to earn LEED points through re-roofing the green way, contact ASAP ROOFING, Denver’s most popular green roofing company.
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Written by Nick Dorotik
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