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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.
Environmental technology concept. Sustainable development goals. SDGs.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED building is intended to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. Proposals to modify the LEED building standards are offered and publicly reviewed by USGBC’s member organizations, which number almost 20,000.

Unlike Model Building Code, such as the International Building Code, only members of the USGBC and specific “in-house” committees may add, subtract or edit the standard, based on an internal review process. Model Building Codes are voted on by members and “in-house” committees, but allow for comments and testimony from the general public during each and every code development cycle at Public Review hearings, generally held multiple times a year.

From 1994 to 2006, LEED grew from one standard for new construction to a comprehensive system of interrelated standards covering all aspects of the development and construction process. LEED also has grown from six volunteers on one committee to more than 200 volunteers on nearly 20 committees and nearly 150 professional staff. LEED standards have been applied to more than 7,000 projects in the United States and 30 countries, covering more than 1.5 billion square feet (140 km²) of development area.

Many U.S. federal agencies and state and local governments require or reward LEED certification. However, four states (Alabama, Georgia, Maine, and Mississippi) have effectively banned the use of LEED in new public buildings, thanks to lobbying by “timber giants and manufacturers of chemical-filled building products”.

USGBC’s Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) offers various accreditations to people who demonstrate knowledge of the LEED rating system, including LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), LEED Green Associate, and since 2011, LEED Fellows, the highest designation for LEED professionals. GBCI also certifies projects pursuing LEED.

A truly Green Home Building program looks not just at how to save the homeowner costs, but also how the home and its inhabitants affect the community and our planet. Green Home Building is a whole-systems-approach, with the main areas of focus being site development, material selection, water savings, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.

As local Raleigh Green Builders, our Green building strategies help reduce maintenance and replacement costs, diminishing utility costs, lowering the cost of home ownership, and increasing property and resale values. In addition to the cost saving benefits and increased property value, green building also promotes cutting-edge technologies and concepts. At Don Collins, we strive not only to have the pleasure and opportunity to fulfill our customers’ wishes, but also to make a lasting impact on our environment by being green builders. Continued health, financial savings, and social responsibility, green building is the construction standard for the future and the smart solution for today. If you’re looking for Raleigh Green Builders, don’t hesitate to contact us for a Green Building consultation during the initial planning of a new green home.

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