In years past, the theory of high performance “green” buildings was hard to define and the practice even more obscure. All of that is rapidly changing.
Thousands of projects in the United States have registered for certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). There are LEED projects in all 50 states and 91 countries around the world.
From reflective roofs and super-efficient windows to flexible access floors and ultra-efficient HVAC systems, a wealth of new technologies is adding function, value, and high performance to today’s commercial buildings. Integrated design processes allow project teams to take full advantage of these technologies at the lowest first costs. Thanks to LEED and other programs, common benchmarks, support tools, and opportunities are emerging to offer market differentiation for buildings that create higher private and public value.