Frequently Asked Questions - LEED

Q: What does LEED mean?
LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Q: Who administers the LEED program?
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?
LEED’s 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 green competition

Q: How is a LEED credit obtained?
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?
The Steering Committee of LEED reviews each LEED proposed building and its documentation of potential LEED credits.

Q: What is a “green” product?
Technically, 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?
Sustainable 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?
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?
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 credit?
A: 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 LEED credit.
• Amounts of insulation above that required by code may be seen as an additional LEED credit.
• 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 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.

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