Q: What does LEED mean?
A: LEED is an acronym
for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Q: Who administers the LEED program?
A: LEED is a program
sponsored and administered by the US Green Building Council. The USGBC is a voluntary
organization, not a government entity.
Q: What is LEED’s purpose?
purpose is to provide a rating system that incentivizes designers and builder’s
decisions to choose “green” building products for the construction and
operation of buildings and recognizes environmental leadership in the building industry.
It is also intended to raise consumer awareness of green building benefits and stimulate
Q: How is a LEED credit obtained?
A: LEED provides
a set of widely accepted criteria as guidelines for choosing “green”
products. Selecting “green” products over more traditional ones can
provide LEED credits.
Q: Who decides whether my building achieves LEED certification?
A: The Steering Committee
of LEED reviews each LEED proposed building and its documentation of potential LEED
Q: What is a “green” product?
a “green” product is one that has minimal impact to the environment.
Green products are factors in designing for sustainable development.
Q: Okay, then what is meant by sustainable development?
development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising
the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Q: Are building products the only way to obtain LEED credits?
A: No. How and where
the site is selected and used as well as how the building affects the surrounding
microclimate’s environmental conditions make up some available LEED credits.
Q: Are individual products LEED certified?
A: No. Individual
products are not rated. Only the entire building structure is given points for achieving
specific “green building” goals.
Q: Does GAFMC produce products that can lead to a LEED
Yes, reflective roof membranes and coatings may qualify
for a LEED credit.
Other potential credits are…
• Depending on recycled content, some products may qualify for an additional
• Amounts of insulation above that required by code may be seen as an additional
• Depending on job location, products used from manufacturing locations within
500 miles of the job may also be considered for a LEED credit.
Q: What is a LEED certified project?
A: A LEED certified
project is one that has submitted documentation to the LEED Steering Committee for
verification of the total number of credits allowed by LEED guidelines for certification.
A minimum of 26 LEED verified credits is required to be awarded “certification”
status. Higher certification status is awarded with higher point totals. The current
total number of points available within LEED 2.1 NC is 69.