Overview What is green building? What is LEED? Why are buildings important? What is the built environment? How can green building and LEED help?
LEED & Green Building LEED building Green building New construction Remodeling Commissioning
What is Green Building? Lower impact construction Recycled construction material Siting / integration with environment Natural ventilation / heating / cooling Lower energy / water use / costs Green Point Rated USGBC – US Green Building Council
What is LEED? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – a point rated building system Design for low energy and water use Natural ventilation and lighting LEED (title 24) Silver, Gold, Platinum Next step to net zero energy buildings
Why are LEED/ Green Buildings Important? Buildings use 40% to 50% of all energy –60% of all domestic electricity => buildings Produce 40 to 50% of greenhouse gases Energy efficiency (design/retrofitting) can save 40 to 50% of total energy use Would free up 25% of electricity use 25% saved electricity could power an Electric Vehicle (EV) fleet – no petroleum!