LEED Certification

What’s the major source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City?

a. Public transportation
b. On-road traffic
c. On-road vehicle travel
d. Solid waste generation
e. Buildings

 If you guessed buildings, you’re right!

  In New York City, buildings account for a staggering 79% of greenhouse gas emissions, 95% of the electricity consumption, and 85% of water use.  Looking to reduce NYC’s impact on the environment, the City introduced PlaNYC, an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, in 2007

 Why get a LEED certification for my NYC building?

Obtaining LEED certification is worth your while, even if you’re not that interested in protecting the environment.  Being green equals green, thanks to the variety of monetary incentives both New York City and New York State offer in the form of generous tax breaks, grants and low-interest loans.  Additionally, although the upfront costs of meeting LEED standards can be high, the building ends up paying for itself later.  By being more energy-efficient, LEED buildings cost you less in energy down the road.

How LEED Certification Works

Points are awarded for every environmentally friendly aspect of your building, like using X or building near X.  There are four different levels of certification corresponding to assorted point ranges.  Obviously, higher certification means better incentives.

Certified: 40-49 points

Silver: 50-59 points

Gold: 60-79 points

Platinum: 80+

How to get started with LEED certification

It’s recommended that you work with a LEED-certified professional to determine how to make your building project environmentally friendly.  Upon completion, you may submit an application to the U.S. Green Building Council for official certification. For additional resources for your next project, check out our resources page or contact us today.


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