LEED® U.S. Green Building Council
Buildings in the United States consume more than 30% of our total energy and 60% of our electricity, and appropriate land that could otherwise be natural habitat or used for agriculture. A typical commercial construction project generates 2.5 pounds of solid waste per square foot of building area. Sustainable design practices can substantially reduce these negative environmental impacts, as well as decrease operating costs and improve occupant health and productivity.
Sustainable building design is quantified in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System. LEED® is a tool for designing buildings that reflect the principles of environmental stewardship, incorporating strategies that target site selection, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and indoor environmental quality. Four certification levels are offered to correspond with the degree to which a building incorporates these sustainable principles.
Because the LEED® Rating System evaluates environmental performance from a whole building perspective, the design process is a synergistic team effort, involving input from the architect, engineers, contractor, owner and building officials. CSO Architects has embraced this approach, and recognizes its role in facilitating these relationships and providing leadership in reaching the team’s mutual goal of LEED® Certification.