Chicago construction companies like us here at Madison Construction, work hard on LEED accredited construction projects. In fact, we have a number of these projects in our vast portfolio if you are interested in perusing them. But today, we want to take a little time to talk about what LEED accreditation is and what it means.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
LEED is a green building certification system that is recognized globally. Buildings that are LEED-certified mean that they have been certified by a third party to have been built using strategies designed to optimize energy savings, optimize water efficiency, decrease CO2 emissions, improve indoor environmental quality, and be more aware of resources used and having a sensitivity to their impacts.
The LEED certification program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and it provides construction professionals and project owners a framework to identify and implement green building design, construction, operation, and maintenance solutions in a way that is both measurable and practical.
Any type of building can be LEED-certified whether that building is for residential use or commercial use.
LEED for neighborhood development takes the principles of the LEED framework and applies them to the entire neighborhood. This ensures that the LEED benefits are not exclusive to the building in question and that those living or working in the neighborhood can also benefit from these eco-conscious efforts.
There are various LEED levels – silver, gold, and platinum. Buildings are awarded points based on five areas of focus – Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. The extent to which a building has achieved these sustainable strategies determines how many points the building receives. The total points in all five areas are summed up to determine the level of LEED certification the building receives.
LEED certification is important for a number of reasons…
Firstly, creating sustainable projects is crucial for environmental health. As the state of our environment declines, it is becoming more and more important for our future projects to take sustainability and environmental preservation into consideration. It is very likely that as the impact of our current environmental problems becomes even more severe, governmental and global agencies will implement mandatory LEED guidelines for all structures, so it’s best to implement those principles now.
LEED certification is also important to you as a project owner because it decreases the overhead of running a company or maintaining a building. Sustainable construction and responsible building strategies mean lower costs in the long term and smaller carbon footprints which will also decrease expenses.
Yes! A construction manager who is familiar with LEED framework is of more benefit to your upcoming building project. Here at Madison Construction, we have completed numerous LEED projects and this has given us the experience needed to create a successful project. While an inexperienced LEED construction manager may be able to assist with your project, they are not going to be familiar with common complications that need to be overcome or how to overcome them, costing you money in the long run. A lack of experience also means that your construction manager is going to have limited resources at their disposal where an experienced LEED construction company has a portfolio of resources and contacts at their disposal.
If you are struggling to find a construction company in Chicago that is able to help you to manage your upcoming build, Madison Construction can help! To find out more about how we can help you with your build, give us a call today at (708)535-7716!