LEED Certification Helps Biodiversity

LEED Certification helps the Earth

LEED Certification helps the earth

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LEED certification stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and the program is administered by the private sector non-pofit US Green Building Council (USGBC).  Buildings, including homes, can be built to use energy efficiently and thereby reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere from the energy sector.

LEED buildings can be certified at four different levels – Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.  These levels are based on points attained during construction or refit.  The benefits of opting for LEED certification for a building include 1) saves money, 2) enhances productivity, 3) proves environmental action, and 4) improves employee/resident health.

LEED certifications directly reduce the effects of global climate change, saves biodiversity, and lowers the rate of species extinctions.  For more information about LEED certification visit the USGBC website HERE.