Maryland Lead’s the Way for LEED Certification
Our area is an epicenter for green building. Back in January, the USGBC announced that Maryland has the second highest number of LEED projects in the entire U.S. Approximately 17,659,881 of office space in Maryland is LEED certified, at a Per Capita of 3.43 per gross square footage. Not sure what all of this means? Here is a summary of how a building can meet LEED certifications.
What is the Rating System?
There are four ratings a project can earn. Below are the different levels of LEED ratings businesses can obtain.
Points are awarded on a variety of things, from placement of sewer and water lines to water reduction efforts in restrooms. LEED ratings apply to a variety of projects, from design to neighborhood development. Below are a few ways to get LEED points for your business.
Building Design & Construction
AACC Ludlum Hall Admin Building | LEED Gold 2014 | Photo by Karl Connolly | Source
For healthcare and education facilities, there are many factors that come into place that not only count for LEED points, but can also help your students or patients stay allergy-free and ensure your environment is safe for all. Schools and Medical facilities can get points based on the following criteria:
- Bicycle Parking/Facilities
- Sensitive Land Protection
- Access to Public Transportation
- Special Parking for Electric Vehicles
- Rainwater Management
- Light Pollution Reduction
- Open Spaces (Greenspace)
- Heat Island Reduction
- Site Master Plan
- Environmental Site Assessment
Interior Design & Construction
UMUC Student Faculty Services Center | LEED Gold 2013 | Photo by Caleb Hii | Source
Indoor air quality is significant for many new construction projects. Ensuring that the air in your facility is clean to breathe is important. LEED points are awarded based on the following:
- Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
- Low-emitting materials
- Construction indoor air quality management plan
- Thermal comfort
- Interior lighting
- Indoor air quality assessment
- Quality views