Since its launch in 1998 by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)* program has become the standard measure of sustainability for buildings worldwide. Successfully achieving one of the four LEED certification levels-Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum-not only allows building owners to actively contribute to a sustainable environment but also permits them to take advantage of a growing number of state and local government incentives. The menu of potential points available for various practices ranges from installing bike racks on-site to documenting the source of the iron ore used in any construction steel. As any architect or developer can attest, navigating this complex system of required prerequisites and credits can be maddening. It may be good to be green, but it is still far from easy.
An architect's knowledge of materials can make or break a building's rating. While the LEED performance-based criteria exclude individual materials and products from earning points toward certification, their specific use can. Apply a material in the wrong situation and it might not be eligible for credit. Fortunately, with a little insider knowledge, a single material can qualify for credit in two, three, or even more areas. LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building covers the new version 3 of the rating system and is an indispensable resource packed with critical information on nearly 200 materials, products, and services. Organized according to the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat™-the industry standard in building contracts-this highly visual guide helps ensure that your material choices and uses maximize the LEED credits achieved. LEED Materials includes a foreword by Steven Winter, former chairman of the USGBC.
|Publisher:||Princeton Architectural Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Ari Meisel is a real estate developer, a green building consultant, and the author of the LEED Pro blog. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, Meisel has worked on LEED certification projects all over the United States.