Four new paths open to Net Zero
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) developed Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings. LEED certification verifies building design, construction, operations and maintenance to ensure they are resource-efficient, healthy, and cost-effective. Worldwide, 1.85 million square feet of construction space are certified every day.
This month, a four-faceted LEED Zero program was launched to verify net zero carbon emissions, net zero energy use, net zero water use or net zero waste operations. The program is open to all projects certified under LEED Building Design + Construction (BD+C), Interior Design + Construction (ID+C) or Operations + Maintenance (O+M). Projects registered to pursue LEED O+M certification may also participate.
LEED Zero promotes developer and building owner participation to enhance occupant and public health and wellbeing. Along with LEED BD+C, ID+C, and O+M, it verifies net zero goal achievement, signaling market leadership. The sustainability strategies required for certification reduce climate change contributions and benefit water resources, biodiversity, and optimal use of materials.