What is LEED and why should you care? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is an internationally recognized rating system for green building projects and practices. Receiving a certification of this status puts projects of any type in the forefront of sustainable and green building efforts.
Why to Strive for LEED Status
When your building is LEED-certified, you are officially helping the world and your local community become a better place.
Building your project with LEED certification in mind puts a focus on:
- Saving money
- Conserving energy
- Making better building material choices
- Driving innovation
When you go green, your building will ultimately attract more investors, lower your long-term operating costs, increase ROI, and lower regulatory risks, as well as give its occupants peace of mind that they’re in a healthy indoor environment.
LEED certification allows your building to be recognized as a partner in the green movement across the globe. It has been regarded as the premier mark of achievement in green building.
How to Become LEED-Certified
LEED status is determined based on the LEED green building rating system, which was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It covers projects such as building design and construction, interior design and construction, building operations, and maintenance.
Once your rating system has been confirmed, the council collects your points, which will determine your LEED certification level. The levels are certified, silver, gold, and platinum.
Our Work with LEED-Certified Buildings
At Custom Aire, we’ve provided state-of-the-art mechanical contracting services that contributed to the completion and certification of this wonderfully environmentally friendly building in our home state of North Dakota.
University of North Dakota’s Gorecki Alumni Center
Our team is proud to have worked as the Complete Mechanical Design Assist on the Gorecki Alumni Center in Grand Forks, ND, which has been awarded LEED Platinum status. This is the first LEED Platinum building in the state of North Dakota and ranks in the top 3 percent of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the country.