What is LEED?
Developed by the USGBC, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for designing, constructing and operating high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED was created to:
- Define 'green building' by establishing a common standard of measurement
- Promote integrated, whole-building design practices
- Recognize environmental leadership in the building industry
- Stimulate green competition
- Raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
- Transform the building market
How Does LEED work?
LEED recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a comprehensive, point-based system. Using the system, building owners can measure their success in environmental stewardship.
USGBC has designed LEED programs for the following construction:
USGBC has designed five main categories to achieve LEED points:
- New Construction (NC)
- Existing Buildings (EB)
- Commercial Interiors (CI)
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Materials & Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
Buildings can earn four levels of certification:
Note - Points vary depending on construction type.
How can Neo-Metro products help earn LEED points?
Many of Neo-Metro's products conserve water, conserve energy, contain recycled materials and produce no 'off-gassing'. Neo-Metro can help earn credits in the following categories:
- Innovative Wastewater Technologies
- Water Reduction 20%-40%
Materials & Resources:
- Recycled Content, specify 10% - 20%
- Local/Regional Materials, 10% - 20% manufactured locally
Note - No building products are LEED certified; only buildings are certified.
Building products can only contribute to earning points in various categories.