Miller Architects and Builders has always been at the forefront of sustainability; we consider the environmental impact in everything we build. From on-site recycling of construction material debris to rain gardens for stormwater filtration, Miller employs the greenest practices possible to save our planet. One of the most prestigious honors we carry is that we have a LEED-certified architect who can build your project to meet stringent LEED standards. But what does it mean to be LEED certified, and why does it matter?
What Does LEED Certified Mean?
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; the most recognized green building certification system in the United States. This third-party system was created in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to objectively determine if a building meets criteria to be LEED certified as highly sustainable.
Both new and existing buildings can be evaluated and become certified, but new builds are judged based on five categories: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
Why Does a LEED Certification Matter?
Earning a LEED certification on your building project proves a commitment to sustainable practices because these buildings typically use fewer resources and consume less energy and water. According to the USGBC, LEED-certified buildings also cost less to operate, on average reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40 percent!
Studies show that buildings which employ LEED have higher occupancy rates, lower tenant turnover, and lease more quickly and for more dollars per square foot than other buildings. There are incentives like tax rebates and density bonuses, as well as utility programs, available to many LEED certified buildings. Obviously, building with LEED certification in mind is beneficial to everyone involved, the builder, the occupants, and the owners.
Now that you understand what LEED certification is and why it makes such an impact, you know why Miller takes pride in what they build. The great news is that any type of project can be LEED certified, from single family homes to skyscrapers to entire neighborhoods. Learn about requirements and criteria for certification depending on the project on USGBC’s website and consider incorporating LEED certification in your next building project.