LEED, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification process that was developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). There are different types of certifications available for businesses, contractors and construction companies like AYD, homeowners and buildings.
LEED certification is based on a points system and has four certification levels available: certified, silver, gold and platinum. Nine key areas are the focus for determining certification: sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental air quality, location and linkages, awareness and education, innovation in design, and regional priority. Points are earned for a variety of actions including using eco-friendly building materials, installing a tankless water heater or using other smart water use and conservation techniques, installing solar panels or cool roofing, using green cleaning materials and recycling.
As of June 2012, two billion square feet of building space was LEED certified. The focus on energy efficiency and sustainability extends to existing buildings, as well. The Empire State Building in NYC received a Gold LEED rating in 2011. It is the tallest and largest LEED certified building in the US!
Buildings in the US typically account for 38% of CO2 emissions and 73% of electricity consumption. Following LEED requirements, however, buildings that are certified often consume 25% less energy and 11% less water. 34% of these buildings actually lower greenhouse gasses and, as of 2011, have diverted over 80 million tons of waste from landfills through waste diversion programs.
We are LEED AP certified. This type of certification is specific to construction and building design. Our certification means that we can participate in the new construction of LEED-certified buildings and jobs that have LEED requirements. One of the main requirements we are able to fulfill for LEED jobs is recycling all discarded construction debris. To meet LEED requirements, we provide a detailed breakdown of all materials hauled and demonstrate the total percentages of debris that are ultimately recycled.
If you are planning a new LEED construction project in Austin, please contact us to discuss your hauling needs.