Completing LEED as a Small Business
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a global, point-system based, certification program that the construction industry recognizes as the leading green building rating system. Used primarily for new, commercial-building projects, contractors earn points by constructing energy-efficient, healthy-living, and resourceful buildings. A higher LEED rating means the builder has achieved more points, many of which are rated by energy use and air quality, among other categories that are concerned with the ecology and environment. The program is sponsored through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in which there are four levels of competency—Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
As government contractors, Harbor Enterprises has helped to construct buildings that fall under the LEED certification. If well-maintained, these buildings produce less waste and are more energy efficient, reducing the impact on the environment by lessening the ecological footprint. The importance of the LEEDS program is that it considers likely environmental impacts of proposed projects, whether they are government, commercial, or even private. Things that are measured include inter-related socio-economic, cultural, and human-health impacts—both friendly and harmful.
Although these guidelines are voluntary, they can apply to schools, healthcare facilities, homes, hotels, convention centers, and government buildings. A LEEDs certification can be placed on new buildings, or on older buildings where their efficiency is being maximized. The USGBC, which is made up of over 20,000 individual members and 13,000 organization members, are always actively reviewing projects, especially projects where brick and mortar is used. Individual members include people who want to push the green building movement and the organizational members include companies, non-profit and trade organizations, and other professional societies interested in saving the plant.
Harbor Enterprises is glad to be on board and we are always looking for ways in which we can improve our communities as we construct buildings which minimize waste, maximize energy, all while helping our planet