The LEED certification process has to meet these minimum requirements:
- Comply with environmental regulations and standards
- Meet the threshold of floor area requirements
- Meet a minimum of building occupancy in terms of number of users
- Maintain an appropriate site boundary
- Be a permanent building
- Provide energy and water usage data
- Comply with the minimum building to site area ratio
LEED Certification Credit Categories
In order to earn credits in one of the above categories, the project has to meet a certain number of criteria within the following categories:
- Location and transportation – The location of the project and how it can be combined with the transportation options within the area must be taken into consideration, in other words how the users of the facility can get to and from the facility.
- Materials and Resources- You will earn credits for the use of sustainable and earth-friendly products, which will reduce waste and promote better indoor air quality.
- Water efficiency – The building has to be designed in a way that will reduce potable water usage or make it possible for it to be reused, minimizing the needs of water inside the building.
- Energy and atmosphere – The building needs to increase energy performance and the quality of indoor air and the surrounding environment.
- Sustainable sites – The project should be designed in a way that the natural resources and ecosystems nearby can take advantage of the design to minimize pollution of the environment.
- Indoor environmental quality – Increase daylight usage and make use of natural ventilation.
- Innovation – Any unique green or environmentally friendly idea that is not covered under the five LEED main areas.
- Regional priority credits – Can be obtained by addressing any one concern based on the region or geographical location.
LEED for Neighborhood Development also has a number of additional credit categories such as smart location & linkage, neighborhood pattern & design, and green infrastructure & buildings
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