Here in Maui, we’re very conscious of our air, water, and land. Residents are increasingly interested in environmental concerns and sustainable practices to prevent damage to our unique ecosystems. Making homes and businesses more environmentally friendly can take many forms, such as rainwater collection, recycling, and utilizing power generation that cuts down on more expensive fossil fuel consumption.
Building a new or remodeling an existing home can also be environmentally friendly. But it’s important to find an architect, architectural designer, or contractor who understands the desire to be more sustainable. That’s where LEED certification comes into play.
What is LEED?
The name stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Created and developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED certification is the worldwide standard for sustainability and recognizing buildings that are efficient and cost-effective. These buildings are also healthier for both the occupants and the environment.
LEED certification can be applied to new or existing structures, including homes whose owners want to become more eco-friendly and efficient. The criteria for LEED certification covers the entire process over the entire lifespan of the structure.
An architect who is LEED certified understands the principles of designing and building a home or other structure that is greener than standard construction.
Why Do You Need LEED?
If you’re a homeowner, you want to know that the home you move into will be safe, healthy, and efficient without a large environmental impact. The home you live in should be sustainable as well as comfortable.
Commercial property owners can add LEED certification to their list of amenities when renting to new tenants. Green buildings generate less waste and use less energy and water, translating to lower utility rates and overall operating costs.
Everything from sustainability to indoor air quality affects not only the environment but the people who live or work in the structure. Because new “green” building products are available more than ever before, A LEED certified architect will have knowledge of them and can incorporate them into your design.
Qualities In the LEED Certified Building
There are four levels to LEED Certification for any building:
• Certified, 40-49 point
• Silver, 50-59 points
• Gold, 60-79 points
• Platinum, 80+ points
Homeowners and building owners can earn these points by complying with different attributes, including:
• Water usage and recycling
• Conservation of building materials
• Indoor air quality, such as thermal comfort and reduction of the absence of VOC (volatile organic chemicals, such as those in carpeting)
A LEED-certified architect can help you learn what options are available and how to begin your project.
Let Pro Draft Design Your Next Building Project
Pro Draft has been helping bring ideas to life in Maui for 30 years. We’re ready to help with drawings, interior design, “green design” with LEED certification, project management, and permit expedition.
We can help with architecture, drawings, blueprints, and permits, and answer all your questions before the first day of construction. We’re happy to help and will work to ensure your project is exactly the way you envision.