In a world where interactions between climate change, environmental degradation and the spaces in which we work and live are becoming ever more meaningful, programs such as LEED Certification exist to positively influence the way we construct buildings.  Environmentally friendly and sustainable construction decisions are rewarded with certifications that substantiate the effort that has been made to improve the environmental quality of our lives.  So, what does LEED Certification mean for renovations?  In this article, we’ll try to explain why LEED Certification matters.

How Does A Building Get LEED Certified?

LEED Certification is applied to both new and existing buildings.  This means that thoughtful renovations that result in more environmentally friendly buildings and sustainable practices are eligible for LEED Certification.  There are several categories in which credits can be earned towards LEED Certification.  These include, but aren’t limited to, indoor environmental quality, water efficiency, use of sustainable materials, and conservation of energy.

For example, a renovation project that promotes the use of natural light and ventilation, improves indoor air quality, reduces energy and water consumption, lowers pollution levels and diminishes the environmental impact on the surrounding areas will earn credits towards LEED Certification.

How Does LEED Certification Benefit A Building?

Because more and more people are aware of the impact that the buildings we use to live, work and play have on the environment and ourselves, a LEED Certification demonstrates that those concerns are being acknowledged.  Because nobody wants to live or work in a building that makes them sick, LEED Certification can alleviate concern about the potential for health problems in a given building.

At a more pragmatic level, LEED Certification implies reduced operational costs, more productive working conditions and minimized generation of waste.  For those working or living in a building renovated to LEED standards, money will ostensibly be saved, processes will run more efficiently and people will be less likely to get sick.

LEED Certification also exhibits a type of mindset that attracts others with similar modes of thinking.  Companies and people with like minded goals and practices will find a natural affinity with a LEED Certified building.  If sustainability and environmentally friendly decisions are important to you or your company, renovating in a way that results in LEED Certification is an excellent way to express those ideals.