Welcome to LEED.net
all seen the signs indicating a new construction project is underway. In this
day and age more and more are becoming environmentally conscientious. What does
that mean for those who are in the Construction field? It means they need to be
on the cutting edge of green technology.
What is LEED? Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) is basically a third-party certification program.
It is a nationally accepted organization for design, operation and construction
of high performance green buildings. This ensures the buildings are environmentally
compatible, provide a healthy work environment and are profitable.
certified buildings are commanding higher rental rates and great occupancy than
the non-green buildings. This trend cannot help but impact the Investment community.
The supply while gradually increasing is not keeping up with the demand for green
buildings. LEED New Construction buildings are awarded points for sustainability
for things like energy-efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures and collection
of water to name a few.
Recycled construction materials and energy efficient
appliances also impact the point rating system. In the political climate of today's
world, as the earth's natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate
the construction industry is being compelled to look at alternatives to traditional
construction materials and styles.
More and more legislation is being passed
that impacts not only zoning but environmental impact for new construction. LEED
New Construction certification and Energy Star ratings seem to be the future of
construction projects. It's important to not only build beautiful buildings but
buildings that are energy efficient, healthy for their occupants to exist within
and that they not harm the environment.
Those of us who populate those buildings
can feel good about the part we are doing to help the environment and preserve
what is left of the environment after years and years of taking natural resources
for granted. Green technology as it continues to catch on will generate additional
jobs and challenge conventional wisdoms. Look what happened in the auto industry
with the electric cars. It didn't really catch on despite the fact that many who
had the opportunity to test drive them wanted to keep them. Instead they were
basically scrapped because of big business. Now we have hybrids and more and more
companies are looking for ways to create cars that are more environmentally friendly.
in green technology will stimulate job-market growth, and open up new business
venues as it continues to catch on. Just like any other market, competition is
healthy and a monopoly is not. Increasing public awareness is crucial to the continued
expansion of LEED New Construction certification and the advancement of green
technology in construction projects.
So in summary, what is the impact of
LEED New Construction?
- LEED New Construction buildings have higher
occupancy than non-LEED certified.
- LEED New Construction buildings rent
for a higher dollar amount per square feet than non-LEED certified buildings.
- Market demand for LEED New Construction buildings is higher than for
non-LEED certified buildings.
This website was created to promote green building
and LEED certification, by Bob Moore Construction. A leading commercial construction
company in Texas since 1946, Bob Moore Construction is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Tilt-up Concrete Association (TCA). For more information
about Bob Moore Construction's LEED and green building program, please visit