What is LEED ? and Why LEED v4 is better ?

The LA Kretz Innovation Campus

The LA Kretz Innovation Campus

What is LEED ?

LEED stands for green building leadership. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe. Leed is a rating system that measures the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)  to guide the building industry and provide standards for sustainability for a variety of building projects.

LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

If you’re serious about saving money, conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice to all project types:

1- Building Design and Construction.
2 – Interior Design and Construction.
3 – Building Operations and Maintenance.
4 – Neighborhood Development.
5 – Homes

In LEED certification scoring, there are 136 possible base points distributed across five major credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, plus an additional 6 points for Innovation in Design and an additional 4 points for Regional Priority. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:

Certified: 40–49 points
Silver: 50–59 points
Gold: 60–79 points
Platinum: 80 points and above

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a home was designed and built to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health.

Why LEED v4 is better ?

LEED v4 is the newest version of the world’s premier benchmark for high-performance green buildings.

This version is bolder, more specialized, and designed for an improved user experience.

Here’s why LEED v4 is better:

  • Includes a focus on materials that goes beyond how much is used to get a better understanding of what’s in the materials we spec for our buildings and the effect those components have on human health and the environment
  • Takes a more performance-based approach to indoor environmental quality to ensure improved occupant comfort
  • Brings the benefits of smart grid thinking to the forefront with a credit that rewards projects for participating in demand response programs
  • Provides a clearer picture of water efficiency by evaluating total building water use

Features and tools

The key to success is making sure you’re using the right tools. LEED v4 is backed by a supporting cast of tools and resources.

The La Kretz Innovation Campus in downtown Los Angeles.

La Kretz Innovation Campus is a new focal point for the future of cleantech in Los Angeles. The LA Kretz was designed An ecosystem created for companies in the clean technology space. Engaging entrepreneurs, inventors, business leaders and students to work together in one environment: the La Kretz Innovation Campus is a new focal point for the future of cleantech in Los Angeles.

The Campus is directly adjacent to the new Arts District Park and will offer surface parking with a 175 kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, greywater recycling, bioswale, and microgrid systems.

An ecosystem created for companies in the clean technology space:

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