Leadership in Energy and environmental Design (LEED), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certifies that a building or community was designed and built using methods to achieve high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection, and indoor environmental quality.
ComRent understands the importance of proving the sustainable designs of your structure. We help stakeholder companies prove their designs and gain greater efficiencies through the first integrated monitor, Cx Monitor. ComRent Cx Monitor streamlines Data Center generator and UPS equipment power quality monitoring.
But you may be asking so, what does ComRent have? We have what we call the “crucial intangible”. ComRent has performed over 30,000 load tests, working with many Commissioning Authorities (CxA). We not only work within the guidelines of the Commissioning Authority, we work hand in hand with the CxA to prove your design. This is one of the reasons we encourage ComRent clients to bring us in the beginning of the integrated design and construction process to move your project along smoothly.
Since its inception, the USGBC has grown to encompass 7,000 projects in the US and 30 countries, covering 1.501 billion square feet (140 km2) of development area. The current rating system consists of:
- Green Building Design and Construction
- Green interior for commercial Interiors
- Green building operations : & maintenance
- Green Neighborhood Development
- Green Home design and construction
Buildings can quality at four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum (being highest). The prerequisites for participating in LEED 2009 include compliance with all environmental laws and regulations, occupancy scenarios, building performance and pre- rating completion, site boundaries and area-to-site ratios, and obligatory five-year sharing of whole building energy and water use from the start of occupancy (for new construction) or date of certification (for existing buildings).
BENEFITS AND DISADVANTAGES
LEED certified buildings are intended to use resources more efficiently when compared to conventional buildings. LEED certified buildings can often provide healthier work and living environments, which can contribute to higher productivity and improved employee health and comfort.
Often, when a LEED rating is pursued the cost of initial design and construction rises. One reason, sustainable construction principles may not be well understood by design contractors. Also, there could be a lack of abundant availability of manufactured building components that meet LEED specifications. Studies have suggested that an initial up-front investment of 2% extra will yield over ten times the initial investment over the life cycle of the building. That yield includes the uptime of the electrical and mechanical systems within the facility.